Ernie Strathdee was educated at Belfast High School. He was a Presbyterian minister and a T.V. sports journalist. He played rugby for Queen's University, Belfast and won nine caps for Ireland. He was a member of the Grand Slam side of 1948 and the Triple Crown sides of 1949. In 1947 he captained Ireland against Australia, and in 1948 against France. He died in a hotel fire in Belfast.