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Honouring Legends: Brad Beetson, son of Arthur (left) and Ron Coote (right) were on hand at Allianz Stadium following the announcement of the Ring of Champions.

Sydney Roosters Legends Arthur Beetson and Ron Coote have been honoured at Allianz Stadium ahead of the Roosters’ Round 25 match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs on Friday September 2.

Recognised alongside fellow sporting champions Betty Cuthbert, Nick Shehadie and Johnny Warren as honourees at Allianz Stadium’s Ring of Champions, the Beetson and Coote stand has been officially unveiled, fittingly in the eastern end of the Roosters’ new state-of-the-art home.

Beetson, Rooster #615, played 131 matches for the Club from 1971 to 1978 and is considered one of the greatest forwards to have played the game. A Rugby League Immortal, Beetson Captained the Club to back-to-back Premierships in 1974-75, earning Man of the Match Honours in the 1974 Grand Final which ended a 29-year title drought.

A member of the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame and Sydney Roosters Hall of Fame, Beetson was named in the Australian Rugby League Team of the Century and in 1973, he became the first Indigenous person to captain Australia in any sport.

Coote, Rooster #625, played 109 matches for the Club from 1972 to 1978, and was a significant contributor alongside Beetson in the 1974-1975 Premiership triumphs at the Club. The first player to play 100 games for two clubs in the code’s history, Coote Captained the Roosters from 1972-1973.

One of the most admired and toughest lock forwards the game has ever seen, Ron Coote is also a fellow Member of the Australian Rugby League Hall of Fame, Australian Rugby League’s 100 Greatest Players as well as the New South Wales and Australian Team of the Century.

The Sydney Roosters would like to congratulate the families of Arthur Beetson and Ron Coote on this momentous occasion.

Acknowledgement of Country

Sydney Roosters respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.