Dragons mourn death of St George legend Eddie Lumsden

One of the greats: St George winger Eddie Lumsden scored hat-tricks in two grand final victories for the Dragons. Picture: FDC Archive

One of the greats: St George winger Eddie Lumsden scored hat-tricks in two grand final victories for the Dragons. Picture: FDC Archive

The Dragons are mourning the loss of one of their true greats following the death of Eddie Lumsden.

Lumsden, who won nine premierships with St George having been a key figure in the Dragons' 11-year title-winning run, died on the morning of the NRL grand final between the Sydney Roosters and Canberra on Sunday a week after his 84th birthday.

Lumsden suffered a heart attack three months ago.

Originally from Kurri Kurri in the Hunter Valley, Lumsden made his debut for Manly in 1955 before returning to first grade rugby league with St George in 1957 having starred for Country.

The legendary winger would go on to play 158 games across 10 seasons for the Dragons, scoring 136 tries in the famous red V.

"Eddie was a wonderful player and was a key part of St George's run of premierships through the 1950s and 1960s," NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said.

Eddie Lumsden

Eddie Lumsden

"He was a prolific try-scorer. In fact his try-scoring almost kept pace with the number of games he played. He will be remembered as one of the greatest wingers of his era. To win nine premierships in 10 years at the Dragons is quite extraordinary.

"On behalf of the game I offer my sincerest condolences to Eddie's family and friends."

The Dragons said in a statement that the club was "deeply saddened" by Lumsden's passing.

The winger scored grand final tries in the 31-9 win over Manly in 1957, 20-9 victory over Western Suburbs in 1958 and a hat-trick in the 20-0 win over the Sea Eagles in 1959.

He missed out in the victory over Eastern Suburbs in 1960 but would return a year later with another hat-trick against the Magpies in a 22-0 win. They would be his last grand final tries.

Lumsden made his debut for NSW during his first season at the Dragons, going on to play 19 games for his state.

His international debut followed two years later, playing 15 Tests for Australia over a five-year period.

Lumsden was honoured with life membership of the Dragons three years after his retirement in 1969. It was around this time that Lumsden became a NSW Country, NSW and Australia selector.

During rugby league's centenary celebrations in 2008, Lumsden was named on the list of Australia's 100 greatest players as determined by the NRL and ARL.

Lumsden also features in the Kurri and Newcastle Rugby League teams of the century.

Funeral details were yet to be announced at the time of writing.

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