The Manly Sea Eagles are saddened to report the passing of former prolific point scoring winger Ron Rowles at the age of 89.

Rowles passed away last weekend on the south coast.

A brilliant winger, Rowles joined Manly from Wollongong in 1950 and in four seasons with the club scored 842 points from 46 tries and 352 goals.

In four consecutive seasons he was the top point scorer in the NSW Rugby League premiership.

He scored a mammoth 30 points from four tries and nine goals in a win over Canterbury in 1954.

Ron Rowles played in the first ever Manly side to reach a grand final in 1951.

Team mate in the grand final and close friend Ken Arthurson said Rowles was a superb winger and considered unlucky to have never played for Australia.

"Ron was a tremendous winger who combined power and speed. He was an instant success and crowd pleaser with the fans at Brookvale.

"He was a wonderful clubman and remained a supporter of Manly right through his life. He will be missed at our first grade reunion which he attended regularly until recent years when his health deteriorated. He will be missed." Arthurson said.

Rowles son Peter was a fine Rugby Union and Rugby League five eighth.

RIP Ron Rowles from your beloved Manly Sea Eagles.