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Title: ... p32 - Arthur Beetson - on his non selection for the 1st world cup game 1977-

But Beetson, never one to rely on the charity of others, withdrew from the team when told of the circumstances -

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Artie on his non selection for the 1st world cup game 1977

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1977

12/04/2006

courtesy of Tony Adams great book The Hitmen - A tribute to League's tough guys.

Beetson made his biggest headlines that season when he was omitted from the Australian team for the opening game of the World Series, against New Zealand. The ARL chief Kevin Humphreys refused to accept the team without Beeton's name in it, so the selectors reluctantly included him, and named him Captain. But Beetson, never one to rely on the charity of others, withdrew from the team when told of the circumstances of his selection.

"It was a slap in the face," Beetson said some time later. "I thought I had been playing the best football of my career. But there had been some deals done in the selection room and I was made a scapegoat. It was a matter of pride. I couldn't play knowing the selectors didn't think I was worthy of the job"


Appears in the following pages ....P32_Arthur BEETSON
Date of posting ... 08-Jun-2006
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