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|Birth name||Elton Flatley|
|Date of birth||7 May 1977|
|Place of birth||Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||178 cm (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||87 kg (13 st 10 lb)|
|School||St. Joseph's Nudgee College|
|Rugby union career|
Flatley was educated at St. Joseph's Nudgee College where he was signed into the professional ranks of rugby union upon graduating. He made his debut for the Queensland Reds in 1996, the inaugural season of the Super 12, at the very young age of 18 against New Zealand side, Highlanders. In 1997, he made his international debut for Australia, playing against England at Twickenham on 15 November, aged 20. The game was a 15-all draw. Flatley was again in the team for the next game against Scotland, which Australia won. In 2001, he was a member of the Wallabies team that won the test series against the British and Irish Lions during the 2001 tour to Australia.
Flatley figured prominently in Australia's 2003 Rugby World Cup campaign, going right to the final against England and scoring the penalty that took the match to extra time, then another penalty which evened the scores at 17-17 before England ultimately prevailed. He finished the tournament as the third highest point score, scoring 100 points for Australia.In April 2004, Flatley reached another milestone, becoming the youngest player ever to reach 100 caps for the Queensland Reds when he led the side out against the Sharks in Durban. Flatley prematurely retired from all forms of rugby on 16 March 2006, on medical advice as he was suffering from continued blurred vision due to a number of concussions. In 2006 he was a contestant on Australian Celebrity Survivor: Vanuatu.
- "2001 Australian Wallabies squad - British & Irish Lions Tour". rugby.com.au. Australian Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
- Elton Flatley retirement announcement, smh.com.au; accessed 11 April 2014.