The NSW Rugby League sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Newtown and NSW representative, Mark Wright, who sadly passed away yesterday.

Wright made 78 first-grade appearances for Newtown between 1975-79 and was picked for the Blues after just eight matches for the Jets.

“Mark is one of the nicest men in Rugby League. He was very well liked by his teammates and he was an exceptional talent,” Newtown official Glen Dwyer said.

“To have scored 34 tries in 78 games for Newtown in a period where they weren’t one of the strongest sides speaks volume of his ability.

“He was Newtown’s main strike weapon. He was a very fast and dangerous attacking centre who had a great strike rate for tries.”

Wright crossed for what was the winning try in the 1974 reserve grade Grand Final, defeating Eastern Suburbs 6-5.