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Vale Fred De Belin

The Australian Rugby League today mourns the loss of Fred de Belin who passed away suddenly on Saturday morning.
Vale Fred De Belin
by NRL

The Australian Rugby League today mourns the loss of Fred de Belin who passed away suddenly on Saturday morning.

A Balmain junior, De Belin made his first grade debut in 1942 before joining the RAAF and serving during the Second World War. In the services he won representative selection in the force's rugby union sides before resuming his league career with the Tigers in 1946.

The association with Balmain was mutually beneficial, as he helped the club to premiership success in both 1946 and 1947. A NSW amateur wrestling champion, De Belin's great strength and fitness were allied with the skill and mobility making him a damaging and dangerous forward.

He made his interstate debut in 1948 and won his first Australian jersey the same year for the Second Test against New Zealand, playing a big part in Australia's narrow victory that levelled the series.

A member of the first Kangaroo side to tour Great Britain and France after WWII, De Belin made three Test appearances on tour and also won selection for the 1949 tour of New Zealand. He made the last of his eight Test appearances against Great Britain in 1950 when Australia reclaimed the Ashes on home soil for the first time in 30 years.

At the end of that 1950 season he shifted to Junee where he continued to work tirelessly to foster Rugby League.

Source: Australian Rugby League

Player Name: Fred De Belin
Kangaroo Number: 238

Club Details: Balmain
International Details: 1948-49 Kangaroo Tour, 1949 NZ Tour.

Tests 8. NZ (2) 1948, GB (1) 1949, F (2) 1949, NZ (1) 1949, GB (2) 1950. Two tries, 6 points.




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