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Vale Tony Branson

St George Illawarra are saddened by Wednesday's passing of former Dragons five-eighth Tony Branson.

Branson came into prominence in 1967 when the then 20-year-old was plucked from Group 7 grand finalists Nowra Warriors to play for New South Wales and eventually Australia's tour of the UK and France.

Featuring alongside six of his future teammates including Dragons immortals Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and John Raper, Branson signed with St George ahead of 1968 season upon his return.

Branson remained at the Red V for six seasons where he recorded 91 games (23 tries), including the Dragons' 1971 grand final loss to the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

Branson retired in 1973 with seven caps for New South Wales and eight Tests for Australia to his name.