The NSW Rugby League sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of former NSW and Australian representative, Peter Diversi, who passed away yesterday.

Diversi, who played for North Sydney (1952-55) and Manly-Warringah (1958-62), made 14 appearances for NSW (nine against Queensland and five against touring nations) between 1952-56, as well as playing five Tests for Australia (1954-55).

Renowned for his fierce defence and tireless work on the field, the uncle of Rugby League legend Ray Price played 130 first-grade matches spanning 11 seasons.

Diversi was nominated as lock forward in the Bears’ Team of the Century.

North Sydney General Manager Greg Florimo said Diversi was one of their finest.

“The Bears are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the great North Sydney players,” Florimo said.

“Peter was a tearaway lock forward in the 1950s who was known for his bone-jarring defence and toughness on the field.

“Our thoughts are with the Diversi family.”