New Zealand Rugby League mourns the loss of Fullback/Utility Roger (Spud) Tait, Kiwi #440.

Tait played 33 games for the Kiwis, including 11 Test matches. The 1961 season saw him earn the World Record for the most points in a season, totalling 468 points from 34 tries and 83 goals in just 38 games.

Tait played for Waikato and Auckland and finished as captain-coach of the Woden Valley Rams in 1979.

NZRL extends its condolences to the Tait whānau; he will be greatly missed.