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The NSWRL was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former NSW halfback Doug Cameron.

Originally from Chippendale and a South Sydney junior, Cameron enjoyed a long and distinguished association with Group 9, where he forged his reputation as one of the greatest halfbacks the region has ever seen.

He burst onto the scene with the Young Cherrypickers in 1954, which earned him representative honours for the Country Firsts team against City.

He was unable to trial with Souths in 1954 due to two weeks of national service prompting him to return to Young where he accepted a three-year deal to represent them in the Maher Cup competition.

Cameron was later picked for the Southern Districts side against England in Wollongong in 1955, where he landed six out of eight goals, and faced New Zealand in Cootamundra in 1956.

He was chosen to represent Australia against England in 1956 and following the conclusion of his contract with Young, returned to Sydney to play for the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1958. He played 18 first grade games for the Tricolours as well as representing NSW.

When Cameron finished at the Roosters, he returned to Young to finish his career with the Wagga Wagga Kangaroos before turning his attention to coaching with Tumut.

The NSWRL extends its sincere condolences to his many family and friends.