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As Australia pauses to reflect on ANZAC Day, Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds also pauses to remember one of our very own who served the nation at war, in the form of Jack Rayner.

In this special video courtesy of Fox Sports, Reynolds re-tells the story of Rayner – one of the game’s and the Club’s true gentlemen, as well as one of the greatest forwards to ever play the game.

Big Jack Rayner – originally from Lismore – saw battle on three fronts during his life; in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, the streets of Sydney as a detective, and on rugby league pitches as one of the game’s greats. In all three spheres, those touched by his qualities of toughness, loyalty and leadership were better for it. But without his involvement in the war, Rayner’s distinguished career may never have been realised.

To read more about Rabbitohs who have served, including Rayner, please click here.

This video was first seen on Fox Sports.

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