Rugby league Immortal dead at 82

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Rugby league Immortal Johnny Raper has died at the age of 82.

The St George great had been battling dementia.

Dragons chairman and former captain Craig Young revealed the news to The Sydney Morning Herald and had towering plaudits for the icon.

"We thought he was bulletproof," Young said.

"He was a character on and off the field – and one of the reasons why the club became the worldwide brand that it has."

The phenomenal lock played in eight consecutive grand final wins from 1959 and made 39 appearances for Australia, including eight as captain.

Raper's death follows that of another St George legend, former skipper Norm Provan in October.

The club will pay tribute to the revered duo when the Dragons meet the Panthers at Kogarah Oval on March 18.

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