21 January 2018

VALE the great Graeme Langlands

The SCG Trust has joined the rugby league world in mourning the loss of one of the greatest players in any era of the game.

Graeme Langlands died on January 20, 2018, at a Sydney nursing home, bringing to a close one of the most celebrated playing careers in rugby league history.

“The exploits of Langlands and his St George teammates gave us a golden era in Australian sport when massive crowds flocked to the SCG to watch the greatest club team ever,” SCG Trust Chairman Tony Shepherd said.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with the Langlands family. His loss is a sad one for Australian sport and for the SCG, a ground where we saw him at his very best.”

He had played 34 Tests for Australia during an unbroken 13-year run in the national team, as well as compiling 227 games for St George and 33 for NSW.

Langlands made his Australian debut at the SCG during the 1963 season when he was called in to the side to take on New Zealand at the unfamiliar position of centre.

On the same ground, he played in four of St George’s premiership wins (1963-66).

Langlands retired from playing a handful of games into the 1976 season. He missed an easy tackle during a match against Wests at the SCG and announced his retirement the next day.

In 2003, a plaque in the SCG’s Walk of Honour was unveiled paying tribute to his career and his contribution to the ground

He is also a life member of the SCG alongside his teammates Norm Provan, Reg Gasnier and Johnny Raper.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg described Langlands as one of the finest players to take the field.

“There are only eight immortals and Graeme is one of them … that says it all,” Mr Greenberg said.

“He was such a dominant player in his era … so many fans would remember growing up watching “Changa” at his best.

“It is a sad loss for the Rugby League community and especially for those closest to him.”

In total, Langlands played 45 times for Australia, captaining the national team 15 times. He had been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame and was also named among Australia’s 100 Greatest Rugby League players.