Rugby league Immortal Graeme Langlands passes away at 76



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    Rugby league Immortal Graeme Langlands has died at the age of 76 after a long period of poor health.

    Langlands played 45 games for Australia and 227 for St George, and was part of the Dragons’ golden age of the 1950s and 1960s.

    He had lived in a Sydney nursing home suffering Alzheimer’s disease for the last several years.

    The Langlands family released a statement saying he died peacefully.

    “Graeme was in very poor health and suffering from a number of chronic diseases,” the statement said.

    “His family are relieved by the nurse’s advice that his passing was peaceful and painless.”

    Langlands was back in the news recently after allegations were made that he had sexually assaulted a teenage girl in the 1980s.

    He was charged in November by Queensland Police’s Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group with six counts of indecent dealing with a girl under 16.

    It is alleged the offences occurred on the Gold Coast in the early 1980s.

    But in their statement on Sunday, Langlands’ family defended him and hit out at police for what they called an “egregious prosecution.”

    “The family maintains its position that this was an improper prosecution and that the allegations are refutable on the evidence in their possession. The family reserve making further comment to a later time.”

    The St George Illawarra club also released a statement passing on its condolences, while NRL chgief executive Todd Greenberg said Langlands was one of the finest players ever to take to a rugby league field.

    “There are only eight Immortals and Graeme is one of them… that says it all,” 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.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • January 21st 2018 @ 3:12pm
      1st&10 said | January 21st 2018 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

      Vale Changa

    • January 21st 2018 @ 4:00pm
      Duncan Smith said | January 21st 2018 @ 4:00pm | ! Report

      Just reading the book ‘Never Before Never Again’ about St George 1956-67. Great read.

    • January 21st 2018 @ 4:28pm
      Mike from tari said | January 21st 2018 @ 4:28pm | ! Report

      One of the greatest side steppers I have ever seen.

    • January 21st 2018 @ 7:10pm
      Oingo Boingo said | January 21st 2018 @ 7:10pm | ! Report

      RIP to a true legend .
      In the vein of true gutter journalism, they couldn’t leave out the unsubstantiated slur on what was truly a remarkable mans life .

      • January 23rd 2018 @ 1:57am
        Georgie said | January 23rd 2018 @ 1:57am | ! Report

        I don’t know why they feel the need to do that Oingo Boingo. As you stated. “Gutter journalism”. It’s not fact. Just an allegation thrown at a very sick man who probably wouldn’t be able to even comprehend what was happening. The writer of this piece ( I refuse to call him a journalist) should be made to make an apology. It was alleged Changa did something inappropriate in the 80’s. Maybe he thought the said girl was of an appropriate age. After all. It’s a well known fact that there are football groupies who are more than happy to lay down with a famous footballer. A bit of make up can make a girl appear to be a lot older than she really was. In my teenage years I never had the urge to ask a girl how old she was. Things were a touch different in those days.

        • January 24th 2018 @ 12:44am
          Oingo Boingo said | January 24th 2018 @ 12:44am | ! Report

          They may as well had the headline …
          Fuuckin viruses on the human race these people .

          • January 24th 2018 @ 2:10pm
            terrence said | January 24th 2018 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

            I agree with Georgie OB. Writing rubbish like above, you are doing more harm to the memory of Langlands for many.

            Live with the facts, don’t go blaming the media/police/accuser. Enjoy your memory of Langlands without trying to alter history.

      • January 24th 2018 @ 8:13am
        Goerge said | January 24th 2018 @ 8:13am | ! Report

        Pull your head in. The allegations are a relevant factor in the news story and any journalist that fails to mention them in an article of this nature wouldn’t be doing their job. It’s fine to idolise the bloke for his footballing ability but it isn’t even remotely in bad taste to discuss the recent allegations.

        • January 24th 2018 @ 9:30am
          Oingo Boingo said | January 24th 2018 @ 9:30am | ! Report

          Its fairly obvious , you do a too much pulling ya self .

          • January 24th 2018 @ 11:55am
            Goerge said | January 24th 2018 @ 11:55am | ! Report

            Fair call- Morning and night without exception.

    • January 21st 2018 @ 7:28pm
      Cathar Treize said | January 21st 2018 @ 7:28pm | ! Report

      End of an Era. RIP

    • January 21st 2018 @ 8:28pm
      Greg Ambrose said | January 21st 2018 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

      Bozo believes Langlands should have been one of the original immortals ahead of him.