Warren, Frilingos and Giltinan become first contributors in Hall of Fame

The voice of rugby league – Ray 'Rabbits' Warren – is among the first ever group of contributors inducted into the NRL Hall of Fame.

Warren has been the lead rugby league caller at Nine since 1992, his voice punctuated every famous moment the game has witnessed since.

Ray Warren is widely known as the voice of rugby league.

Having already been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal and induction into the Sydney Cricket Ground Hall of Fame, Warren joins famous print journalist Peter Frilingos and JJ Giltinan – widely considered the driving force behind the establishment of the NSWRL in 1907 – as the first non-players to be inducted into the NRL Hall of Fame.

Giltinan famously spent lunch-times meeting disgruntled rugby union players in the sports store of Australian cricket icon Victor Trumper, leading to the formation of the NSWRL.

Giltinan laid the foundation for rugby league's formation when he convinced Dally Messenger to leave rugby union for rugby league, established interstate rugby league in Brisbane and organised the first Kangaroos tour of England in 1908 and 1909.

Frilingos was an influential figure of a different kind.

Ray Warren has been Nine’s lead caller for almost three decades.

He joined the Daily Mirror in 1962 and covered every NRL grand final between 1964 and 2003.

Frilingos was a panelist on rugby league shows for Nine, Ten and Fox Sports' Back Page, too.

He was also honoured with the naming of the Peter Frilingos Headline Moment Award at the annual Dally M presentation and the Peter Frilingos Media Centre at Parramatta’s Bankwest Stadium.

"This is a very special induction – the first members of the class who are contributors," NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said. "That speaks for the calibre of not only the nominations but obviously those who were chosen. They will always be the first of our contributors to be inducted.

"Without them, the game would look, feel and sound very different. Each of them had extraordinary influence on the game."

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