Langlands tribute in the lead up to Dragons and Broncos clash

Graeme Langlands is one of only eight rugby league players to have attained the game's greatest title – an "Immortal".

The Dragons legend passed away in his sleep on January 20 following a long battle with illness. He was 76.

Langlands’ contribution to St George and rugby league was honoured tonight before kickoff in the opening fixture of the 2018 NRL season.

Fittingly it was at the spiritual home of St George – Kogarah’s Jubilee Oval – as his beloved Dragons prepared to take on the Brisbane Broncos.

Photos of Langlands in his prime were flashed up on the big screen, a commemorative plaque in his honour was unveiled and presentations were made to his family by Todd Greenberg the chief executive officer of the NRL. 

The No.1 jersey famously worn by Langlands was ‘retired’ for tonight’s game with St George Illawarra fullback Matt Dufty wearing the no.18 instead.

Born in Wollongong, Langlands first came into rugby league reckoning upon being selected for the NSW City Firsts and subsequently NSW firsts thereafter in 1962.

Joining the Dragons in 1963, 'Changa' went on to play 227 games across 14 seasons, and to this day is the most prolific pointscorer in the club's history (1554 points – 86 tries, 648 goals).

He revelled in the last four premierships that St George clinched in an 11-year streak.

Langlands was also the captain-coach of the Red V in the final five years of his career. 

Graeme Langlands played 45 Tests for Australia, including 15 as captain.

Graeme Langlands played 45 Tests for Australia, including 15 as captain.

Nicknamed "Changa", a play on his last name, he played 45 Tests for Australia, including 15 as captain.

In 1999, Langlands joined fellow Dragons Johnny Raper and Reg Gasnier as one of rugby league's immortals. In 2008, the game's centenary, Langlands was selected on the bench in Australian Rugby League's Team of the Century.

He was also awarded a MBE for his contribution to rugby league upon his retirement from the game and inducted into Australia Sport's Hall of Fame in 1986.