Dud Beattie (Class of 1949)
Dud Beattie was a veteran Rugby League player of 15 Tests in the front row for Australia and 19 matches for Queensland.
Born at Marburg, Beattie played all his club football for Ipswich Railways, making his Queensland debut in 1958 and his Test debut the following year. He toured Britain, France and Italy with the 1959-60 Kangaroos and returned to the UK at the end of the 1960 season for the World Cup.
Beattie retired from representative football before the 1961 interstate series but answered an SOS from an injury-hit Maroons squad in Sydney. He did enough to make Australia’s tour of New Zealand. Following the tour, Queensland met NSW again in Brisbane, winning 15-2 with Beattie making a number of telling line breaks. A second Queensland victory squared the series.
Beattie’s last Test against Great Britain in Sydney in 1962 was his most controversial. In agony from a rib injury and with no replacements allowed in those days, Beattie goaded British hard man Derek “Rocky” Turner into a fight, leading to both men being dismissed by referee Darcy Lawler. Australia went on to win the Test 18-17 to prevent an Ashes clean sweep by the British.
Beattie remained a passionate advocate of Rugby League after his retirement. He was involved in the formative years of the Ipswich Jets in the mid-1980s and was also a long-serving Queensland State of Origin and Australian selector.
Sadly passing away in 2016 just shy of his 82nd Birthday, Queensland Rugby League (QRL) chairman Peter Betros paid tribute to the “outstanding” forward who played in an era when regional Rugby League was immensely strong. “In those days, people were extremely passionate about playing for their home towns and cities and they would often play against visiting international sides,” Betros said. “Dud was right up to his elbows in all of that. After he retired, he was a great contributor and stayed involved for many years as a representative selector.” #igsoldboys