‘Icon of Australian sport’: Ray Warren has called his last NRL game
Ray Warren has confirmed he has called his last game of rugby league.
The legendary NRL commentator has called 45 grand finals and 99 State of Origins, in a career that spans 55 years.
He told the Sydney Morning Herald his time in the commentary box was over.
Colleague Peter Psaltis says he is an “icon of Australian sport”.
“I’ve got to say, I’ve gotten quite emotional,” he said on 4BC Afternoons after hearing the news.
“He is a legend, an absolute legend, I know quite often that term is used too often but in Rabs’ case, it is only too fitting.
“He is someone we have had in our living rooms for a long time for major sporting events.
“I say sporting events, because not only is Rabs the best rugby league commentator this country has produced, he’s the best swimming commentator.
“He’s part of the soundtrack of our lives – the voice of Ray Warren.”
Nine News reporter Danny Weidler tweeted that he will continue to work with the network on Wide World of Sports.
— Danny Weidler (@Danny_Weidler) June 1, 2022
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On Wide World of Sports, friend and colleague Phil Gould described him as a leader, mentor and friend.
He said he’s the best in the business, and it was an honour to work with him.
“Ray Warren has been so important to all of us,” he said.
“We are all deeply indebted to him for the time, and the care and the energy he put into us and the mentorship he gave us.”
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Paul Vautin said he has had a magnificent career, and he has gone out in his own way.
“He should be so proud of all he has achieved in his sports broadcasting career.”
Above anything else, he’s one of the nicest men you’d ever meet, Vautin said.
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