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Vale Brian James

The St George Illawarra Dragons are deeply saddened by the passing of former St George Dragon outside back Brian James last Monday.

James played four seasons (1962-65) with the Red V, and passed away in a tragic accident on his farm, near Capertree. He was 76.

The Blakehurst-born James joined the Dragons as a 19-year-old after commencing his sporting career in rugby league. He debuted at Leichhardt Oval in 1962 against the Balmain Tigers.

James would play 16 games for the Dragons at first grade level, and featured in three-consecutive premiership-winning reserve grade teams (1962-64).  He scored a hat-trick in the Dragons' 19-0 win over Wests in 1962 and scored the club's only try in their 7-2 win over the Rabbitohs two years later.

James joined South Sydney in 1966, where he played a further 79 first grade games. James would go on to represent City Seconds, City Firsts, New South Wales and Australia before retiring in 1969.

Everyone at the Dragons sends their sincere condolences to Brian's wife Liz and their three sons, Dominic, Justin and Julian.