Vale – Gary Parcell
The Men of League Foundation is saddened to hear of the passing of Member #305, Gary Parcell, who passed away on November 30, aged 87.
The Parcell name is well known in Queensland, with Gary’s father Perc having played seven times for Queensland in the 1920s, while Gary’s son Steve toured France with Queensland Residents in 1989.
Steve’s son, Matt, played in the NRL for Brisbane Broncos and Manly Sea Eagles, and has spent the past four seasons in the English Super League.
Gary played eight Tests for Australia, including a tour to England and France with the 1959-60 Kangaroos and the 1960 World Cup.
The opening match of the 1960 series against France, played in Sydney, will be remembered by many as the entire Australian front row hailed from Ipswich.
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Parcell and Dud Beattie (Railways), were the props, while Noel Kelly played hooker.
Parcell made his debut for Queensland against New South Wales in 1956 and played against the touring New Zealand side the same year. He played 10 more matches against NSW, and one match against France, in 1960. He also played for Queensland against Great Britain in 1962.
In 1959, he was part of the Queensland side which won the inter-state series 3-1, the last Maroons’ series triumph until State of Origin football began in 1980.
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Despite offers from Sydney clubs, Gary Parcell retired at the end of the 1962 season, aged just 29.