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Reg Gasnier, rugby league legend, has passed away

The prince of centres: Reg Gasnier in action for St George.

The prince of centres: Reg Gasnier in action for St George. Photo: SMH

Rugby league Immortal Reg Gasnier has died aged 74.

Gasnier was one of the greatest players rugby league has ever produced, starring for the St George Dragons during their record run of 11 premierships, playing in seven of those grand finals. He passed away on Sunday evening.

Gasnier was nicknamed “Puff the Magic Dragon” and was dubbed the prince of centres,  who made his mark in the game with electric footwork after making his debuted in 1959 having progressed from St George junior club Renown United.

Reg Gasnier pictured in 1968. Click for more photos

Reg Gasnier, rugby league legend

One of rugby league's Immortals Reg Gasnier has passed away. 

He represented Australia in what was a then record of 36 Tests and captained his country eight times before retiring in 1967 with a broken leg, aged 28.  The rugby league fan base were shocked at his premature retirement and hoped he had many more good years left in him.

He was part of the initial rugby league Immortals, alongside teammate Johnny Raper and  Clive Churchill and Bob Fulton. There are now eight retired rugby league players who have been dubbed Immortals.

Gasnier represented Australia a record 36 times.

Gasnier represented Australia a record 36 times. Photo: Noel Stubbs

Gasnier was due to turn 75 on Monday. He has been of ill-health recently and has been living in a Sutherland Shire nursing home. He had a a series of operations to remove tumors from his brain and neck in 2010. In that same year he had a bronze statue of himself unveiled at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Gasnier long list of achievements include being inducted into the Australian Rugby League hall of fame, Australian rugby league’s Team of the Century and the Sport Australia hall of fame.

Former Australian Rugby League chairman Bill Buckley once described him, "On his day, he was the greatest rugby league player I have ever seen. Gasnier had an amazing change of pace and great anticipation. He was also particularly unselfish. He was without peer."

After his retirement Gasnier spent some time in the media and was granted a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989

His nephew Mark Gasnier was also a highly decorated centre, winning state and national honours while playing at the Dragons.

38 comments so far

  • Thanks for the memories.

    Date and time
    May 11, 2014, 10:31PM
    • As kids we sat in the Noble Stand at the SCG on Saturdays for the Match of the Day - we often saw the Saints there in the 60s and I have been a Dragons man since then. Thanks to Reg Gasnier and all those men who built such a great team

      Date and time
      May 12, 2014, 10:10AM
  • Sorry to hear the passing of such a talented sportsman.
    Saw him play when I was a kid in the 1960's.
    Was fantastic to watch on his day, no one could touch him..sad day for Rugby League..Respect from an old Tiger supporter.

    oldtime RL
    Date and time
    May 11, 2014, 10:57PM
    • In my 51 years of following rugby league, the greatest player ever and a gentleman

      Date and time
      May 11, 2014, 10:58PM
      • vale reg gasnier.puff the magic dragon.the prince of centres.the greatest centre immortal,a legend and a fantastic guy.condolences 2 his family,friends and former team mates.thanx 4 the memories.luv gaz xx

        Date and time
        May 11, 2014, 10:58PM
        • Hear hear...well said.

          Date and time
          May 11, 2014, 11:54PM
      • Rest in Peace to a legend of Aussie sport. Wish I'd seen Gasnier play. Apparently a real nice guy off the field too.

        Eel Freak of Parra Matters
        Date and time
        May 11, 2014, 11:20PM
        • As a very young man I saw "Puff the Magic Dragon" display his extraordinary class many times; almost always to my team's (Wests Magpies) detriment but what a player! He and the late Steve Rogers were the two best centre three quarters I have even seen or am ever likely to see. Vale Reg. A true Immortal of the game of Rugby League

          Date and time
          May 11, 2014, 11:31PM
          • RIP, Immortal Reg Gasnier. You helped make this game even greater. What an amazing player. Shouldve played for the Rabbitohs.

            Bouncing Bunny of Struggle Street
            Date and time
            May 11, 2014, 11:40PM
            • I am old enough to remember seeing him play, and hear him after he retired. A true champion, and a gentleman. Condolences to his his family.

              Date and time
              May 11, 2014, 11:54PM

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