Paul Osborne

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Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Born
Friday, 30th September, 1966
Current Age
57 years and 152 days

Biography

Bulky St George prop received huge wraps when the Dragons won the mid-week Panasonic Cup competition in 1988 but the ensuing years were relatively disappointing until the final match of his career. Moving to Canberra in 1992 Osborne played consistently at club level before choosing to see out his career in England at the end of 1994. The suspension of prop John Lomax on the eve of the grand final against C’bury, however, saw coach Tim Sheens call upon Osborne’s experience - despite the fact that he was coming back from injury and had not played for a month. The talented ball-playing prop did not let his side down, setting up the opening two tries of the match that built a 12-0 platform for victory. Although replaced after 28 minutes (he returned to the field for the final 15), Osborne’s contribution was integral to the club’s premiership success. When Osborne’s English deal fell through he contemplated a season with Sheffield but decided to stay in Australia. With Canberra’s playing roster finalised and with no other offers for 1995, he was forced into ‘retirement’ at age 28 (he played another three seasons with West Belconnen in the local Canberra competition and acted as the Raiders’ Chairman of Selectors). Osborne was elected as the first Independent Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly, but joined ABC Radio’s Grandstand team after losing his seat in 2001.
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
NRL 135 5 0   - 20 65 66 4 48.15% List
National Panasonic Cup 5 - -   - - 4 1 0 80.00% List
Tooheys Challenge Cup 2 - -   - - 1 1 0 50.00% List
NRL Finals 3 - -   - - 1 2 0 33.33% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George NSWRL 1986 3 - -   - - 0 3 0 0.00% List
St George NSWRL 1987 5 - -   - - 1 3 1 20.00% List
St George NSWRL 1988 19 - -   - - 7 12 0 36.84% List
St George NSWRL 1989 18 1 -   - 4 10 8 0 55.56% List
St George NSWRL 1990 19 - -   - - 8 11 0 42.11% List
St George NSWRL 1991 20 - -   - - 10 8 2 50.00% List
Canberra NSWRL 1992 21 1 0 / 1 0.00% - 4 9 12 0 42.86% List
Canberra NSWRL 1993 19 2 -   - 8 12 6 1 63.16% List
Canberra NSWRL 1994 11 1 -   - 4 8 3 0 72.73% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St George 1986-91 84 1 -   - 4 36 45 3 42.86% List
Canberra 1992-94 51 4 - / 1 0.00% - 16 29 21 1 56.86% List
Overall1986-1994 135 5 0 / 1 0.00% 0 20 65 66 4 48.15% List

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Contributions: Rugby League Tables, Shawn Dollin, AJ Lucantonio, Andrew Ferguson, Paul Carter, Greg Fiveash, Max Turner, Alan Katzmann, Steven Russo

Sources: NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1989-90, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1987-88, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1988-89, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1990-91, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1991-92, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1992-93, NSWRL Rugby League Yearbook 1994, ARL Rugby League Yearbook 1995