John William Beattie was named Man of the Match in Scotland's 15-all draw with England at Murrayfield in March 2010 and followed that by scoring his third try for Scotland, a magnificent score, in the away victory against Ireland.
John emulated his father, also John, when he made his first Scotland appearance in the 48-6 victory against Romania in the Bank of Scotland Corporate international at Murrayfield in November 2006. The pair, both back-row forwards, were the fourteenth father and son to play for Scotland, and the 20-year-old Johnnie marked his debut by scoring the first of the seven tries in the win over Romania. He scored his second Scotland try in the 23-10 win against Fiji in the 2009 Bank of Scotland Corporate Autumn Test at Murrayfield.
His second cap a week after the first was not so memorable for him as he was carried off with a leg injury only six minutes into the international against the Pacific Islands. He returned to the national colours three months later in the A international victory against the Italians at McDiarmid Park, Perth, and he was back in the Scotland XV to make his Six Nations Championship debut in the 2007 tournament’s final match against France in Paris.
He returned to Scotland A action in starting in all three Churchill Cup matches in England in May and June 2007. He missed out on selection for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, but he played in the first of Scotland’s two Tests on the visit to Argentina in June 2008.
That year he added to his A international honours in victories against Italy A (37-15 at Mogliano, near Venice), Ireland A (67-7 at McDiarmid Park), and Georgia (69-3 at Firhill, Glasgow), and in February 2009 he added to his Scotland A appearances in the Dublin match against the Irish. Later that month he scored two tries in the A international draw with Italy at McDiarmid Park, Perth.
Warriors to Top 14
Johnnie joined Glasgow on an apprentice contract in summer 2004 and made his first competitive start for the team in the Celtic League match against Ospreys at Swansea in October that year. In season 2005-2006 he became a mainstay of the Warriors team, appearing in 19 matches and earning a call-up as injury cover for the senior Scotland tour in South Africa before joining the Scotland under-21 team for the world championship in France.
He played under-18 and under-19 rugby for Glasgow and represented Scotland at under-18, under-19, and under-21 levels. His under-19 honours included playing at No.8 in all five of Scotland’s matches in the IRB world championship in Durban, South Africa, in April 2004. Because of injury his under-21 international debut was delayed until March 2005, when he made a replacement appearance in the Northampton victory against England in Scotland’s final championship match.
He subsequently played in all five matches in the under-21 world championship in Mendoza, Argentina, and after recovering from illness he returned to the team for the 24-21 victory against Ireland at Athlone in March 2006 as well as playing in the 21-14 win against Italy in Benevento a week later.
John was due to travel to France with the Scotland under-21 squad for the world championship, and an emergency call diverted him to join the national squad on tour in South Africa. He was released from that duty in time for him to fly to France to play in the under-21 world championship game against England, but because of injury that was his only appearance in the tournament.
Johnnie, who was educated at Glasgow Academy, played for Aberdeen Grammar School FP in the first division during season 2002-2003. At the end of the 2011-2012 season Beattie left Glasgow Warriors and joined Montpellier in the French top 14. For the 2014-15 season he is moving to Castres.