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Australia: Penrith's first captain Tony Brown dies

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Former NSW and Australia five-eighth Tony Brown has died, aged 86.

Penrith's first captain Tony Brown has died at the age of 86. © Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS Penrith's first captain Tony Brown has died at the age of 86.

A star at Newtown in the 1950s and 1960s while spending six years as the club's captain, Brown played nine matches for NSW and 10 for the Kangaroos.

But it is at Penrith where he is most fondly remembered, named as the club's first captain when they entered first grade in 1967.


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Released by the Bluebags in 1964, he joined the Panthers' second-division team and rose with the club to the top flight.

The No.6 then had a hand in the club's first ever try, before being injured in his third first-grade team for the club.

He later became captain-coach of the club's reserve grade side, with the Panthers confirming on Sunday he had died after a battle with illness on Friday.

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