Vale Dr Michael Joseph Barry, Wallaby 542

by Rugby Australia

The Australian Rugby community is today mourning the loss of one-Test Wallaby, Dr Mick Barry.

A tough, nuggety halfback, Barry played one test for Australia against South Africa in 1971, before going onto become a prominent member of the Australian medical community.

A graduate of Marist Brothers, Ashgrove, Barry played his club rugby at the Queensland powerhouse club, Brothers before making his debut for Queensland in 1966.

His first taste of representative Rugby came when he took to the field for the Junior Wallabies in 1968, with impressive performances seeing him called into the Wallaby tour of Ireland and Scotland. The following year Barry played in thirteen matches during a tour of South Africa, although none of them Tests.

Barry earnt his first and only Test cap in 1971 during the South Africa’s third and final International at the Sydney Cricket ground.

After retiring from Rugby, Barry continued his studies of Medicine at the University of Queensland, specialising as an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Dr Barry passed away following a medical episode at Currumbin Beach where he was a prominent Currumbin local and a member of local surf swimming group known as the Dingos.

He is survived by his wife Janelle, sons Shaun and Matthew and his daughter, Elise.

He was, and forever will be Wallaby Number 542.