Vale Ray Beavan

Updated: June 8, 2018

Country Rugby League is mourning the passing of Sydney Roosters and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs player Ray (Beaver) Beavan, who passed away on Wednesday.

Mr Beavan was born in Yass and was a promising young Rugby League player; getting the call up to play for the Tumut Blues first-grade side at 16 year’s old.

He began playing for the Sydney Roosters (1959-60) as a centre. In 1961 he moved to Tumut and played once again for the Tumut Blues and represented Riverina as well as Country.

In the same year, he was selected to play for New South Wales and toured New Zealand with the Australian team.

Mr Beavan played for Canterbury-Bankstown as five-eighth in 1962. He captained Canterbury to win the pre-season Final.

He returned to the Riverina to captain-coach the Turvey Park Lions in their inaugural season in 1963.

Mr Beavan also played in The Maher Cup (1960-61, 1963, 1971).

He spent the remainder of his career at Tumut and won two premierships, both under the coaching of the late John Hobby in 1970 and 1973.

Mr Beavan was considered one of the greatest players of the region and was a Rugby League legend in Tumut.