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The New Zealand Rugby League is mourning the loss of one its greatest administrators.
George Rainey died yesterday at the age of 73.
He was a long-serving president of both the NZRL and Auckland Rugby Leagues - running the game during one of its strongest periods.
Rainey was highly respected - his administrative career started at the Glenora club when he was just 17.
He died from complications related to lung cancer.
Rainey was admitted to Green Lane hospital last month to have part of a lung removed.