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The NRL is today mourning the loss of Australian forward Dud Beattie, who passed away this morning.

Mr Beattie played all his Club football for Ipswich, represented Queensland on 19 occasions, and played 12 Tests for Australia between 1959 and 1962.

Renowned as one of the toughest forwards Australia has produced, he played on the 1959-60 Kangaroo Tour and represented Australia at the 1960 World Cup.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg paid tribute to Mr Beattie.

"Dud Beattie epitomised toughness in rugby league," Mr Greenberg said. "He was a noted scrummager but also a skilled ball-player.

"He also served the game following his retirement, as a long-serving Queensland and Australian selector. He was on the selection panel which chose the first ever Queensland State of Origin squad, in 1980."

DUDLEY ROBERT (DUD) BEATTIE

Born: April 27, 1934, Marburg, QLD

CAREER RECORD: Railways Ipswich 1952-62. Represented Ipswich 1955-62. Queensland v NSW 1958-62, 16 matches. Queensland v New Zealand 1959, Queensland v France 1960, Queensland v Great Britain 1962. 12 Test matches 1959-62. 1959 60 Kangaroo tour, 1960 World Cup, 1961 NZ tour.

Source: David Middleton, League Information Services

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