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The New South Wales Rugby League would like to send its deepest condolences to the family and friends of former NSW Blues representative Steve Hanson who passed away yesterday.

Hanson, who played 108 first grade games for North Sydney and Eastern Suburbs between 1985-1993, suffered a coronary arrest while on holidays in Thailand and passed in hospital in Sydney with his family by his side.

“The NSWRL is deeply saddened by the news of Steve’s sudden passing and we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends,” NSWRL CEO David Trodden said.

Hanson played one Origin match for NSW, in the third game of the 1988 series at the Sydney Football Stadium, scoring a try in the process.

Former North Sydney Bears CEO Bob Saunders, who signed Hanson to the Bears, said he was a fine man and a fine footballer.

“Steve was a great bloke and a very good rugby league player,” Saunders said.

“He was unlucky to only play one Origin game. He was a happy-go-lucky bloke and a great guy to have around football sides.

“He will be sorely missed.”