Dud Beattie, Australian rugby league footballer, Died at 81


Dud Beattie was born on April 27, 1934, and died on April 19, 2016.

He was an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1950s and 60s.

He was an Australian international and Queensland representative prop forward, he played in Ipswich, Queensland for the Railways club.

Dud Beattie along with Noel Kelly and Gary Parcell, helped Ipswich dominate the Bulimba Cup and all three were selected for the Australian national side’s front row.

In 1959 he played in the Queensland victory over New South Wales that attracted 35,261 spectators, smashing Brisbane’s previous record for an interstate match of 22,817.

Also, in that year Dud was chosen to make his international debut for Australia, becoming Kangaroo No. 338.

He went on the 1959-60 Kangaroo tour, represented Australia at the 1960 World Cup, and went on the 1961 tour of New Zealand.

His last international was played during the 1962 Great Britain tour of Australia where he appeared in all three Tests.

Beattie later worked as a selector during the 1980s for the Australian national team and for the Ipswich Jets on the coaching and administration staff.

Dud Beattie passed away at 81 yrs old.