Rated as one of the world's best props, Sir Nicholas Shehadie set a new Australian record for being the most capped Wallaby, with 30 Tests to his name between 1947 and 1958.
He attended Crown St and Cleveland State Schools, and at the age of 15 made his first grade debut for Randwick where he played 175 first grade games, as well as 37 games for NSW.
He made his Test debut at lock in the 2nd Test against New Zealand at the SCG in 1947 at the age of 20, and was then selected on the nine-month tour of the UK, France and North America in 1947/48.
While he predominantly played at lock for the first half of his Test career, he soon moved to the front row where he excelled in both the loosehead and tighthead positions. He was a strong and physical scrummager whose high work rate was an inspiration to his teammates.
He played against the New Zealand Maori, the visiting 1950 Lions team, Fiji in 1952 and toured to New Zealand in the same year. In 1953 he toured to South Africa where he captained the 4th Test, the first of his three Tests as Wallaby captain.
He played against the South Africans when they toured Australia in 1956 and played his final Test against Ireland in Dublin while on tour with the 1958 Wallabies. On that tour he became the first person to ever play for the Barbarians against his own national team, and was chaired off the field after the game.
Including Test and tour matches, Nick played for Australia in more than 100 matches.
His career after Test Rugby has been long and distinguished. He was President of the Australian Rugby Football Union from 1980-86 during which time he was a driving force in establishing the inaugural Rugby World Cup.
He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1971, was Lord Mayor of Sydney from 1973-74, was knighted in 1976 and was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1990.