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Elton Rasmussen (1937–1978) was an Australian professional rugby league footballer of the 1950s and 1960s. He was a second-row forward with the St. George Dragons during the second-half of their 11-year consecutive premiership winning run from 1956 to 1966. He was a representative in the Australian national team from 1959 to 1962 and from 1967 to 1968.

Elton Rasmussen
Personal information
Full nameElton William Rasmussen
Born27 July 1937
Maryborough, Queensland
Died28 December 1978(1978-12-28) (aged 41)
Toowoomba, Queensland
Playing information
PositionProp, Second-row
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
All Whites
1962–68 St. George 126 21 49 0 161
1969 Souths (Brisbane)
Total 126 21 49 0 161
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1959–69 Queensland 13 0 3 0 6
1962–68 New South Wales 7 0 0 0 0
1959–68 Australia 15 0 0 0 0
Source: [1]

CareerEdit

Rasmussen was playing for Toowoomba when first selected for Queensland in 1959. That year he played in the Queensland victory over New South Wales that attracted 35,261 spectators, smashing Brisbane's previous record for an interstate match of 22,817.[2] He was then picked on the 1959-60 Kangaroo tour and made his Test debut in that Ashes series against Great Britain. He played in two Tests and fifteen minor matches on tour. Later in 1960 he played in all three Tests of the domestic series against France.

Rasmussen relocated to New South Wales and joined St George in 1962. He played 122 games for St George till 1968 and played in five successive winning Grand finals from 1962 to 1966, the first at lock and the rest in the second-row. He represented again for Australia in 1962 against Great Britain, made a second Kangaroo tour in 1967 playing in all six Tests and twelve minor touring matches. His final national appearances were in the 1968 World Cup where he appeared in one pool match and in Australia's victory in the final over France. Rasmussen captain-coached Brisbane Souths in 1969 and again earned Queensland representative honours in that year.

DeathEdit

Rasmussen died suddenly in 1978 from a heart attack at Greenmount near Toowoomba, Queensland aged 41.

AccoladesEdit

In 2008, rugby league in Australia's centenary year, Rasmussen was named at lock forward in the Toowoomba and South West Team of the Century.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Rugby League Project
  2. ^ Goodman, Tom (28 May 1959). "Queensland beats N.S.W. in league by 17-15". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  3. ^ Leslie, Cameron (21 August 2008). "Rugby League Team of the Century named". The Chronicle. Retrieved 8 January 2012.

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