Australia Rugby League Chairman Peter Beattie makes major blunder on live TV, unable to answer simple question

Incoming Australian Rugby League commission chairman Peter Beattie's hasn't made the finest first impression on NRL fans, particularly the Cronulla Sharks faithful.

Beattie made a major gaffe on Phil Gould's 100 per cent Footy show on Tuesday night when he was unable to answer the almost insultingly simple question of what the name of the NRL side which plays out of Cronulla is.

The former Queensland premier admitted to a bemused Gould that he didn’t "have a bloody clue" when presented with a handful of multiple choice answers, which included the fictitious Seagulls and Hawks.

"I've got to be honest, I wouldn't have a bloody clue but I'll know next week," said Beattie as he attempted to laugh it off.

"That's too bloody hard…it's too difficult."

Beattie immediately went on to answer the next question of why he'd chosen to work at the NRL.

"Because I love rugby league. I played it when I was a kid. I played it at university. I played it afterwards….I just love the game."

The Southern Sydney-based Sharks were established in 1966 and have played a total of 55 seasons in rugby league's elite competition. 

The 65-year-old later took to social media in attempt to smooth the embarrassment over, posting a picture of with Sharks coach Shane Flanagan from the weekend prior.

"Just nervous in front of the great Phil Gould. Yeah I’m human. I had a mental blank," Beattie said via Twitter.

Something doesn’t quite check out here.

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