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Vale Keith Barnes

Wests Tigers are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Balmain legend, Keith Barnes.

“Keith will be remembered as one of the all-time greats of the game, and a man whose name is synonymous with the Tigers,” said CEO Shane Richardson.

“He was a wonderfully gifted player but more than that, he was a tremendous person, a true gentleman, and a brilliant leader.

“On behalf of Wests Tigers, I extend our sincerest condolences to Keith’s family and his many friends.”

Barnes played 194 Premiership matches for Balmain between 1955 and 1968 and was a member of the NRL Hall of Fame, and a former Kangaroos Captain.

Known as ‘Golden Boots’ for his goal-kicking accuracy, Barnes booted 742 goals over 14 seasons for the Tigers, amassing 1519 career points.

Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) Chairman Peter V’landys AM has also paid tribute to Barnes.

“Keith was one of the greatest fullbacks the game has seen,” Mr V’landys said. “A wonderful goalkicker and prolific point scorer, he was slight in stature but built with extraordinary courage.

“Keith’s legend continued well after his playing career. He was instrumental in guiding so many of the game’s great players – particularly through his long association with Balmain.

“On behalf of the Commission, I extend our sincerest condolences to Keith’s family, and all those who knew him.”

Wests Tigers will remember Keith Barnes at Sunday’s Round 6 match against St George Illawarra Dragons at Campbelltown Sports Stadium.

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