The St George Illawarra Dragons have announced that the family of Club Immortal Reg Gasnier will unveil a plaque in memory of “The Prince of Centres” immediately prior to fixture against the Newcastle Knights at Jubilee Oval, Kogarah on Sunday.
The symbol will become a permanent marker honouring the six-time Premiership winner who passed away on Sunday, May 11 2014.
Gasnier was born and raised in the St George area and started his rugby league career with local club Renown United before beginning his career as a Dragon in 1959 where he went on to score 127 tries in 125 games during his nine-year career.
After just five first grade games Gasnier was selected to represent New South Wales, something he did on 16 occasions between 1959-67 scoring 15 tries.
National honours, including the captaincy quickly followed, with 39 games and 26 tries across the same time period before a broken leg in a European Tour match against a French Provincial Team prematurely ended his career at just 28 years of age.
In 1985, he was chosen as one of Australia’s initial four post-war “Immortals” of Rugby League alongside Clive Churchill, John Raper and Bob Fulton before later that year being inducted into the Australian Sporting Hall of Fame.
In 1989, Gasnier was honoured Order of Australia (AM) and in 2002, he was inducted into the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame.
During Australian Rugby League’s Centenary Celebrations in 2008, Gasnier was named in Australian and NSW Teams of The Century.
Furthermore, and with respect to the ongoing remembrance of Gasnier's contribution to the Dragons and the Rugby League Community, the Gasnier family and the St George District Rugby League Football Club, with the support of the St George Illawarra Dragons, are presently in the process of working to create the annual “Reg Gasnier Scholarship”.
The scholarship will serve to provide some financial support for a sportsperson from the St George District to continue to develop their aspirations as a sportsperson.
The Club will also support the formation of the Reg Gasnier Foundation with the objectives of perpetuating positive community and educational activities.