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Vale Col Weir

Col Weir's scintillating form for Queensland in the 1960 interstate series saw him selected for the Australian squad for the first Test against France at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Australian coach Clive Churchill did not need to use either of his reserves - Weir and Manly-Warringah forward Bill Delamere - and this proved to be the Brisbane Wests centre's only time in the green and gold. 

He had trained with the Australian side, and was included in the team photograph, but because he did not get on the field, he is not included in official team records.

Wests have listed him as one of their internationals, and who could argue.

Weir died on the weekend, aged 84, after a short battle with cancer.

A Wests Ithaca Junior, he played Bulimba Cup (inter-city) football for Brisbane in 1958, and made his Queensland debut the following year, when the Maroons won the interstate series 3-1, their last series win until State of Origin in the 1980s.

During the next four years he wore the maroon of his state another six times, including matches against France (1960) and Great Britain (1962).

Col is seated, second from left.
Col is seated, second from left.

At one stage, in club football, he was part of one of the great centre combinations, his partner being Test veteran Alex Watson.

Weir was fast, and a fine handler of the ball, as well as being strong in defence. 

He captained Wests in the 1964-65 seasons, winning the club's best and fairest award in 1964.

The closest he came to a premiership with Wests, was 1958, when the club won the minor premiership, but lost the major semi-final against Valleys and were eliminated by Brothers in the preliminary final.

Wests reached the preliminary final again in 1960, after finishing fourth, but were beaten 22-2 by Valleys.

Weir retired from football in 1966, aged 30, when he was dropped to reserve grade at the start of the season. He told Wests officials he did not want to stand in the way of a young footballer trying to make his mark. He had played 165 first grade matches for the Panthers.

Weir went on to coach school teams at Brookfield and Milton.

During his playing career, he worked in the Golden Casket head office. Later he ran a business at Bardon with his wife Jan before working as a taxi driver. 

His funeral service was a private family affair.

The QRL History Committee is endeavouring to have a supplementary list of 'internationals' included in the official records - those 'internationals' who were selected for their country, without having played a game. There are believed to be at last 20 players who fall into this category.