Paul Vautin

Playing Career

Vital Statistics

Nickname(s)
Fatty
Born
Tuesday, 21st July, 1959
Current Age
64 years and 218 days
Place Of Birth
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Awards & Accolades

Dally M Representative Player Of The Year
1983
Dally M Second Rower Of The Year
1983
Dally M Captain Of The Year
1987

Biography

Whole-hearted Queensland forward's career with the Manly club came to a jarring halt in 1989. Vautin came to Sydney as an 18-year-old from Brisbane Wests in 1979 and immediately impressed with his determined displays. The advent of State of Origin football saw the red-headed lock produce many inspirational performances, often as vice-captain to Wally Lewis. Vautin first played for Australia against NZ in 1982 but was dropped for the Second Test to make way for the return of Ray Price and subsequently missed selection on the Kangaroo Tour. In 1983, he was both 'Dally M' Player's Player and Representative Player of the Year, and made a return to Test football in the Second Test against Great Britain in 1984. Vautin played in 13 Tests during his career, touring NZ twice (1985 and 1989), but was fated never to tour with the Kangaroos (he broke his arm and was sidelined for the final three months of the 1986 season). After playing in losing grand finals in 1982-83 Vautin led the Sea Eagles to grand final glory in 1987 and was named 'Dally M' Captain of the Year. After spending the 1988-89 off-season with St Helens he returned to England with Michael O'Connor after the start of the 1989 NSWRL season to captain the club in the Wembley Cup final (Saints were thrashed 27-0). Vautin's support of coach Alan Thompson during the troubled 1989 season led to Manly offering him a greatly reduced contract and he reluctantly signed with Easts. His final two years were ordinary by his own standards - dropped from the State of Origin team in 1990 he battled injuries and a spell in reserve grade before retiring in 1991. Vautin established a lucrative career in the media and as the host of the Footy Show, his popularity with the game’s fans reached almost cult status. As an employee of Channel 9, he was a vocal supporter of the (Kerry) Packer-backed ARL in light of Super League defections in 1995. Replacing Queensland State of Origin coach Wayne Bennett he answered his critics when Queensland won the series 3-0 with an unheralded team of youngsters. He stayed on as State coach for two more years, losing successive series, before being replaced by Bennett when the code reunited in 1998. In 1999 Vautin successfully gained a place on the Manly Football Club Board, helping to oversee the troubled merger with Norths that led to the short-lived Northern Eagles, but was forced to resign in 2003 when boardroom politics came to a head. Biography, Fatty: The Strife and Times of Paul Vautin (1992).
- ALAN WHITICKER

Playing Career Statistics

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Competitions

Competition   App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Tour Matches Brisbane Colts 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
NRL 238 21 2   2 78 134 96 8 56.30% List
State of Origin 21 2 -   - 7 14 7 0 66.67% List
Tour Matches Australia 12 - -   - - 10 2 0 83.33% List
Test Series 12 - -   - - 9 3 0 75.00% List
NRL Finals 10 - -   - - 5 5 0 50.00% List
National Panasonic Cup 3 3 3   - 15 2 1 0 66.67% List
City vs Country Firsts 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
The Ashes 4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% List
World Cup 4 - -   - - 2 2 0 50.00% List
World Club Challenge 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
English Championship 13 3 -   - 12 7 6 0 53.85% List
Regal Trophy 4 1 -   - 4 3 1 0 75.00% List
Challenge Cup 4 - -   - - 3 1 0 75.00% List
Tooheys Challenge Cup 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List


International

Test Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1982-85, 1988-89 13 - -   - - 10 3 0 76.92% List

World Cup Matches - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Australia 1982-1989 4 - -   - - 2 2 0 50.00% List


Representative

Australia - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Brisbane Colts 1978 1 - -   - - 0 1 0 0.00% List
QLD 1982-85, 1987-90 21 2 -   - 7 14 7 0 66.67% List
NSW City Firsts 1984 1 - -   - - 1 0 0 100.00% List
Overall1978-1990 23 2 0   0 7 15 8 0 65.22% List


Club Career

NRL/NSWRL - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly NSWRFL 1979 20 3 -   - 9 11 8 1 55.00% List
Manly NSWRFL 1980 14 1 -   - 3 8 5 1 57.14% List
Manly NSWRFL 1981 18 2 -   - 6 9 8 1 50.00% List
Manly NSWRFL 1982 23 6 -   - 18 13 10 0 56.52% List
Manly NSWRFL 1983 24 1 -   - 4 20 4 0 83.33% List
Manly NSWRL 1984 14 1 -   - 4 8 6 0 57.14% List
Manly NSWRL 1985 20 2 -   2 10 11 8 1 55.00% List
Manly NSWRL 1986 11 - -   - - 6 5 0 54.55% List
Manly NSWRL 1987 23 1 -   - 4 17 5 1 73.91% List
Manly NSWRL 1988 22 2 2 / 2 100.00% - 12 14 8 0 63.64% List
Manly NSWRL 1989 15 1 -   - 4 5 9 1 33.33% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1990 16 1 -   - 4 3 12 1 18.75% List
Eastern Suburbs NSWRL 1991 18 - -   - - 9 8 1 50.00% List

NRL/NSWRL - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
Manly 1979-89 204 20 2   2 74 122 76 6 59.80% List
Eastern Suburbs 1990-91 34 1 -   - 4 12 20 2 35.29% List
Overall1979-1991 238 21 2   2 78 134 96 8 56.30% List

English Career - By Year

Team Season App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens 1988/89 21 4 -   - 16 13 8 0 61.90% List

English Career - By Team

Team Years App T G   GK % FG Pts W L D Win %  
St Helens 1988 21 4 -   - 16 13 8 0 61.90% List

Your Say

  • Gary Thompson
    09/09/2013

    His best game was in the 1983 Tooth Cup playing in the front row. He ran the ball up beautifully.

  • Mark
    07/04/2020

    One of the best hardworking players ever underrated by most wasn’t a try scorer but made the hard yards up the middle a true Legend.

  • Greg manly boy
    27/08/2020

    Paul fatty Vautin is probably the most underated player. His work rate was the best in the business and 21 games for Qld just shows how great he was. I remember a certain adman put s.. t on him, for what reason I have no idea. A great Australian representative, Manly legend a great bloke to meet. Shame on a certain adman.

  • Anonymous
    15/08/2023

    Good player

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

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, Newspapers, Irvin Saxton's Record Keepers' Club, Rothmans Rugby League Yearbook 1989-90