Dud Beattie

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Dud Beattie
Personal information
Full name Dudley Beattie
Born (1934-04-27)27 April 1934
Died 19 April 2016(2016-04-19) (aged 81)
Caloundra, Queensland
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Railways (Ipswich)
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1958–62 Queensland 19 2 0 0 6
1959–62 Australia 18 1 0 0 3

Dud Beattie (27 April 1934 – 19 April 2016)[1] was an Australian rugby league footballer of the 1950s and 1960s. An Australian international and Queensland representative prop forward,[2] he played in Ipswich, Queensland for the Railways club.


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.[3] 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.[4] Also that year Beattie was selected to make his international debut for Australia, becoming Kangaroo No. 338.[5] Beattie went on the 1959-60 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France, represented Australia at the 1960 World Cup, and went on the 1961 tour of New Zealand.

Beattie's last international was played during the 1962 Great Britain tour of Australia where he appeared in all three Tests. In the third Test at Sydney in July 1962 he dislocated his shoulder and played on knowing there were no substitutes allowed. When he eventually needed to leave the field, Beattie provoked Derek Turner into a fight, referee Darcy Lawler sent both men off and the opposing numbers remained even. Australia went on to snatch a 18-17 win. He retired with thirteen Test caps and three World Cup appearances.

Beattie later worked as a selector during the 1980s for the Australian national team[6] and for the Ipswich Jets on the coaching and administration staff.[7]


  1. ^ "Queensland Representative Players". qrl.com.au. Queensland Rugby League. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  2. ^ Campbell, John (19 October 2010). "Old timers in a league of their own". The Byron Shire Echo. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  3. ^ qt.com.au (10 April 2010). "Pictures celebrate rugby history". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Goodman, Tom (28 May 1959). "Queensland beats N.S.W. in league by 17-15". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Kangaroos Player Register". australianrugbyleague.com.au. ARL. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Clarkson, Alan (27 April 1988). "Of mice and men and greats of League". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Jets History". ipswichjets.com.au. Ipswich Jets. Retrieved 16 October 2011. 


  • Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson. "Dud Beattie". Rugby League Project. rugbyleagueproject.org. 
  • Andrews, Malcolm (2006) The ABC of Rugby League Austn Broadcasting Corpn, Sydney