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Australian Rugby Union is today mourning the loss of 10 Test Classic Wallaby, Edward ‘Ted’ Heinrich, after he passed away last night aged 73.
Born in Sydney in 1940 ‘Ted’ was an all-round sporting achiever at Sydney’s St Joseph’s College where he captained the first XV in 1956 and 1957 and shone at rowing, cricket and athletics.
Upon leaving school in 1958, Heinrich was snapped up by Randwick where he became a top class flanker who played 90 club games from 1958 to 1964, 70 of which were in first grade.
He was exceptionally fast for a flanker, and was capable of substituting adequately as a winger, it was his speed and tough-as-nails approach to his game that delivered him 20 tries (60 points) during his first grade career.
After playing in the successful reserve grade final for Randwick in 1958, Heinrich was a part of the 1959 first grade grand final in which Randwick defeated Northern Suburbs 16-0.
It was in that same year, 1959, that Heinrich made the first of 11 appearances for NSW.
Two seasons later, in 1961, he made his debut for the Wallabies against Fiji in Brisbane.
Over the next two seasons Heinrich played a further nine Tests at home and away, however it was the 1963 season and the infamous Tour to South Africa that would be the turning point in Heinrich’s career.
Having been a Test regular for two seasons, Heinrich overcame a knee complaint at the start of the 1963 season to be one of the Wallabies standouts in their historic win over England, their first against a major Rugby nation on Australian soil since 1934.
Following the win the Wallabies took off for South Africa where he played in the opening Test of the four Test tour after an injury to Dallas O’Neill.
He was dropped for the remaining Tests after being overshadowed by the sensational form of Greg Davis and Jules Guerassimoff, both of whom were on their first tour.
Heinrich was troubled during the three-month trip by the grave illness of his father back in Sydney and the opening Test of the 1963 Tour would be his last in the Wallabies jersey, despite being selected in Australia’s 22-man squad to tour New Zealand in 1964.
Davis and Guerassimoff again kept the Randwick Flanker out of the Test matches during the three-Test tour of New Zealand in 1964.
In 1965 Heinrich signed with the Parramatta Eels rugby league team and went on to play with distinction alongside his former Randwick and Wallaby team-mate Dick Thornett.
In total Heinrich represent Randwick on 90 occasions, had 11 appearances for NSW and played for Australia on 33 occasions, 10 of which were capped.
Full Name: Edward Laurence Joseph Heinrich
Date of Birth: 25/06/1940
Place of Birth: Sydney
Date of Death: 16/09/2013
School Attended: St.Joseph's College, Sydney
Wallaby Number: 458
Test Cap: 10
Non-Test Cap: 23
Test Points: 6 (2 tries)
Position Played: Flanker
State: NSW 11 (1959-64)
Tours: 1961 SA, 1962 NZ, 1963 SA, 1964 NZ