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Vale Eddie Lumsden

St George Illawarra are deeply saddened by yesterday's passing of Dragons great Eddie Lumsden, aged 83.

A Kurri Kurri native, Lumsden made his first grade debut for the Manly-Warringah in 1955 but due to the residential rules in the league at the time was ruled ineligible to continue his career at the Sea Eagles.

After starring for the Country team, Lumsden returned to first grade rugby league in 1957 upon signing with the Dragons. The legendary winger would go on to play 158 games across 10 seasons, amassing an incredible 136 tries.

A key figure in the Dragons' unrepeatably 11-year premiership-winning run, Lumsden would take part in nine victorious grand finals with the club.

Lumsden made his debut for New South Wales during his first season at the Red V and would play 19 games for his state. His Australian Test debut followed two years later where he racked up 15 Tests over a five-year period. 

Lumsden was made a St George life member three years post-retirement in 1969, in a period where he became a Country, New South Wales and Australia selector.

In 2008, the game's centenary, Lumsden was named on the list of Australia's 100 greatest players as determined by the NRL and ARL.

Funeral details are yet to be determined and will be communicated at a later date. 

Acknowledgement of Country

St George Illawarra Dragons respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders peoples, where our games are played, our programs are conducted and in the communities we support.

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