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The St George Illawarra Dragons are deeply saddened at the passing of Premiership-winning lock-forward George Jardine, on Friday morning.

Jardine was the last surviving member of the 1949 Premiership winning team whom defeated the South Sydney Rabbitohs 19-12 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Growing up in Wollongong, Jardine played five seasons with the St George Dragons between 1947-1950 and 1952 and scored nine tries in 60 appearances for the Club.

The highly-regarded forward returned to the Illawarra in 1953 where he joined the Northern Suburbs Wollongong club before forging a long association with the Helensburgh Tigers.

The Dragons will wear black armbands as a sign of respect during their fixture against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.