Russell Fairfax

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Career Stats & Summary

Vital Statistics

Full Name
Russell Lance Fairfax
Born
Saturday, 29th March, 1952
Current Age
66 years and 260 days
Place Of Birth
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Biography

The ‘golden-haired boy’ of Australian RU in the early 1970s played in 8 Tests against France (1971-72), NZ (1972), Fiji (1972) and Wales and England on the 1973-74 Wallaby Tour before changing codes in 1974. A Souths junior the 21-year old signed with Easts and was an immediate sensation - a talented, intelligent player gifted with a great kick and swerve. Fairfax played for NSW against Great Britain in 1974 and Test honours looked a formality after Easts' grand final victory that year. A shocking leg break suffered in a mid-week Amco Cup match in 1975, however, proved a major setback in his career. Fairfax recovered but never quite seemed able to recapture the magic of that first season. In the final of the 1977 Amco Cup against Wests he scored a miraculous try after a great kick and chase but failed to kick the goal and the Magpies held on to win by a point. When his career faded Fairfax played a season with Souths before becoming a lower grade coach with the club. In 1990 he returned to Easts as first grade coach but the move was not a success and he was sacked toward the end of the year. He has since taken on a career as a sports reporter with FoxSports.

- ALAN WHITICKER

Career Statistics

All statistics shown in this section are based only on data available in the RLP database, and are not necessarily a complete and/or 100% accurate representation of a player's career. This information should be used as a guide only. If you see a question mark (?), it denotes that the figure is not available.

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Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NSW Firsts 1974-75 2 - -   - - 1 0 1 50.00% Match list
NSW City Firsts 1975 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1974-1975 3 0 0   0 1 1 1 33.33% Match list


Club Career

Australian League Matches - By Year

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1974 ? 9 3   - 33  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1975 ? 7 -   1 22  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1976 ? 6 7   1 33  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1977 ? 9 16   - 59  
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1978 16 3 -   - 9 10 6 0 62.50% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1979 13 2 8   - 22 5 7 1 38.46% Match list
Eastern Suburbs NSWRFL 1980 7 1 -   - 3 4 3 0 57.14% Match list
South Sydney NSWRFL 1981 4 1 -   - 3 1 3 0 25.00% Match list
Overall 1974-1981 ? 38 34   2 184 ? ? ? ?  

Australian League Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1974-80 ? 37 34   2 181 ? ? ? ?  
Eastern Suburbs 1978-80 36 6 8   - 34 19 16 1 52.78% Match list
South Sydney 1981 4 1 -   - 3 1 3 0 25.00% Match list
Overall 1974-1981 ? 38 34   2 184 ? ? ? ?  

Australian Finals Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1978-1980 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% Match list
Overall 1980 1 0 0   0 0 1 0 0.00% Match list

All Australian Club Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Eastern Suburbs 1974, 1976-80 ? 38 35   2 186 ? ? ? ?  
Eastern Suburbs 1978-1980 40 6 9   - 36 21 18 1 52.50% Match list
South Sydney 1981 4 1 -   - 3 1 3 0 25.00% Match list
Overall 1974-1981 ? 39 35   2 189 ? ? ? ?  

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