Barry Beath

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Barry Beath
Personal information
Full name Barry Francis Beath
Born (1944-01-01) 1 January 1944 (age 73)
Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm).
Weight 15 st (210 lb; 95 kg).
Playing information
Position Second-row, Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1966–77 St George Dragons 198 61 0 0 183
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1965 Country NSW 1 0 0 0 0
1965,67,71 New South Wales 3 1 0 0 3
1965,1971 Australia 1 0 0 0 0

Barry Beath (born in Eugowra, New South Wales) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer, a second-row forward for the St. George Dragons in the New South Wales Rugby League premiership competition. He represented for New South Wales and in the Australia national rugby league team.


Beath was first selected in 1965 for New South Wales and Australia from Country Representative honours while playing for Eugowra. In 1966 he joined St George in the final year of their 11-year premiership run. Beath had his own 11-year run with the Dragons from 1966 to 1977, with the distinction of being with a premiership winning club in his first and last years in the NRL. His only grand final appearance was actually his last ever match when came on as reserve in the 1977 Grand Final win.

Barry Beath played 198 first grade games and scored 61 tries for the St. George Dragons during his long career.[1]

He was awarded Life Membership of the St. George Dragons in 1976.[2]

Representative career[edit]

Beath represented New South Wales in 1965, 1967 and 1971. He represented Australia again in 1971 against New Zealand, having played in the Dragons Grand Final loss that year to South Sydney where he scored a try. He is listed on the Australian Players Register as Kangaroo No. 393.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Beath made the news in 1999 at a post-match Cronulla Leagues Club function when he stepped in to defend a young St George supporter whose jersey was defaced by Cronulla President Peter Gow wielding scissors in a stunt which ultimately resulted in Gow's resignation as club President. Gow is the father of Australian supermodel and actress Elle Macpherson.

Beath lost several fingers when he moved his lawn mower by picking it up when it was still running.[4]


  1. ^ Alan Whiticker/Glen Hudson: Encyclopedia of Rugby League Players. 1995 (ISBN 1875169571)
  2. ^ Dragons-Our Proud History
  3. ^ ARL Annual Report 2005
  4. ^