|Full name||Barry Francis Beath|
1 January 1944 |
Eugowra, New South Wales, Australia
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm).|
|Weight||15 st (210 lb; 95 kg).|
|Source: Yesterday's Hero|
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.
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.
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.
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