Rugby in Australia recently received sad news as the legend Paul Sait of the South Sydney Rabbitohs club passed away at the age of 74 after a prolonged battle with a serious illness. Born in 1947, Paul Sait had a 16-year playing career for South Sydney, winning 2 NRL championships in 1970 and 1971 with the club. With significant contributions, he is regarded as one of the shining legends in the history of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The following article will recap the life and career of the legendary Paul Sait, as well as share the heartfelt farewell from the South Sydney Rabbitohs family.
Paul Sait, Australian rugby legend, passes away at 74, club mourns
Paul Sait, former captain and one of the greatest players of the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby club, has passed away at the age of 74 after a prolonged battle with illness. In his 16-year career, Sait won 2 NRL championships with South Sydney in 1970 and 1971, establishing himself as one of the club’s finest players.
On November 22, the South Sydney Rabbitohs family announced that the club legend Paul Sait had passed away at the age of 76 after a long battle with illness. His departure leaves a profound sadness for both the family and the South Sydney club.
Born in 1947 in Sydney, Paul Sait began his career with South Sydney in 1968 at the age of 21 and quickly became a key player, contributing to the club’s appearance in the NRL Grand Final in 1969 before winning NRL championships in 1970 and 1971. Throughout his 16-year playing career for South Sydney from 1968 to 1978, he made a total of 223 appearances, including 165 NRL matches, and scored 29 tries.
In 1977 and 1978, he served as the captain of the club. His significant contributions to the success of South Sydney earned Sait a place in the Dream Team, a list of the club’s greatest players. He also represented Australia in rugby 16 times and played 6 times for the New South Wales state team.
Tributes from South Sydney officials
Club CEO Blake Solly expressed, “Paul is renowned as one of the greatest players of South Sydney’s golden era. His contributions are on par with other legends like Sattler, McCarthy, Coote, and Simms.”
“He is an indispensable part of the lineup that won 4 NRL titles in 5 years and left a mark on the legendary history of the club. Paul’s name deserves to be in the all-time Dream Team of South Sydney.”
Australian Rugby League Commission Chairman Peter V’landys emphasized, “Paul Sait is a living legend of South Sydney. He played in 3 NRL Grand Finals for the club, winning twice in 1970 and 1971.”
“As a versatile player, he made a total of 165 NRL appearances, deserving a spot in the Dream Team of South Sydney announced in 2004. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Paul Sait.”
With significant contributions to Australian rugby, Paul Sait is considered one of the living legends of the sport. His career achievements over 16 years of play include:
2 NRL championships with South Sydney (1970, 1971)
165 NRL appearances
29 tries for South Sydney
Captain of South Sydney (1977-1978)
16 appearances for the Australian national team
Named in the all-time Dream Team of South Sydney
6 appearances for the New South Wales state team
With these impressive accomplishments, Paul Sait will surely be remembered as one of the greatest players in the history of Australian rugby in general and the South Sydney Rabbitohs club in particular.
The passing of the legendary Paul Sait at the age of 74 has left an enduring sorrow in the hearts of rugby fans. In his 16 years of dedication to the South Sydney Rabbitohs club, he made remarkable contributions that led to numerous shining successes. Paul Sait will forever be an icon of Australian rugby.