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The NSWRL was saddened to hear of the passing of former NSW and Australian Rugby League player Don ‘Bandy’ Adams.

Adams played seven games for NSW (1955-56) scoring nine tries, and three games for NSW Country Firsts (1955-56 and 1958). He also played five Tests against New Zealand (1956) and made a Kangaroos tour (1956-57).

Adams was born in Maitland and was one of Maitland Pickers top 20 players of all time, playing 191 games for the club. As a 17-year-old, he made his debut for the Pickers in the 1951 grand final against Northern Suburbs.

Adams went on to coach for another 11 seasons at Gloucester, Scone and Muswellbrook, bowing out in his 10th year. He later he coached Scone, Group 21 and Northern Division representative teams.

The NSWRL sends our sincere condolences to his family and friends.