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Arthur Beetson

Year inducted: 2017

True Blue number: 593

Born: January 21, 1945, Roma Queensland

Clubs: Balmain Tigers, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, Parramatta Eels

Position: Prop

Premiership career: (1966-80) 223 games, 24 tries, 1 goals, 77 points (Balmain 1966-70, 74g, 6t, 1g, 20p; Eastern Suburbs Roosters 1971-78, 131g, 17t, 51p; Parramatta Eels 1979-80, 18g, 1t, 3p)

First Grade debut: Balmain Tigers vs St George Dragons at SCG, Sydney, on April 2, 1966

Representative honours: Australia 28 Tests (1966-77); NSW 27 Interstate Matches (1966-77)

Other honours: Rugby League Immortal 2003, ARL Team of the Century 2008, NSWRL Player of the Year 1976

The best forward in the world at his prime, Arthur Beetson carved a unique niche for club and state, on both sides of the border, apart from a stellar career representing his country. Beetson’s balance of skill and aggression made him a unique package. After achieving fame as a player he became an icon as coach of Queensland in Origin football.

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