The jersey worn by rugby league Immortal Johnny Raper in St George’s 1963 premiership victory and passed to his opposite number will go under the hammer.
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A jersey worn by rugby league Immortal Johnny Raper during one of St George’s record 11-straight grand final wins will go under the hammer for the first time.
Raper passed his number-eight jersey to opposing lock Kevin Smyth after the Dragons triumphed 8-3 over Western Suburbs on a mud-filled SCG in the code’s famous 1963 decider.
Since then, the jumper has been held in a collection curated by Rayma Smyth that chronicled her husband’s career with Parramatta, Wests, Balmain and Australia.
“We have vivid memories of Rayma (our mother) boiling the jumper in an old laundry boiler over a series of three days to remove the caked-on mud,” the Smyth family said.