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Wallabies mourn former skipper Johnson

  • Wallabies mourn former skipper Johnson

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18: Former Wallaby player Peter Johnson speaks to the media at the announcement of the 2010 ARU Classic Wallabies Statesmen at a press conference at ARU Headquarters, St Leonards on May 18, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Former Wallabies captain, and veteran of 42 Tests, Peter Johnson has died aged 78 at his home in Sydney.

Johnson, regarded as one of the most influential players of the amateur era, skippered the Wallabies on five occasions and made eight Wallaby tours.

He was named in the team of the century for Sydney club side Randwick, where he played the bulk of his 215 first grade games.

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"This is a terribly sad day for Australian Rugby and the rugby community will pause to reflect on what was a remarkable career and life of a great Australian," said former Wallaby Stephen Hoiles.

"Peter's Test career spanned well over a decade in the period of amateur rugby, highlighting his ability and dedication to the gold jersey.

"On behalf of all Wallabies, past and present, and the entire rugby community, we pass on our condolences to his wife Sue and the Johnson family.

"Rugby has lost one of its greats."

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