The NSWRL has joined the Rugby League community in paying tribute to Tony Branson, who has passed away at the age of 73.
A classy five eighth from Nowra, Branson first hit the big time in 1967 when he helped Country First record a rare win over City. He won his first NSW jersey as a result and went on to represent the state in seven matches against Queensland.
He capped a marvellous first season in big time football with selection for the 1967 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, and made his Test debut against the Poms in a 17-11 win at White City, London.
Branson made four Test appearances on tour and the following year joined St George, where he carved out a great career over six seasons. The highlight of his time at the Dragons came in 1971 when he helped a young team to the Grand Final under coach Jack Gibson and made the last of his eight Test appearances.
After hanging up his boots in 1973 Branson remained involved in Rugby League and was for many years a stalwart of the Wentworthville Magpies, particularly their junior teams.