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The NSW Rugby League acknowledges the passing of True Blue one-club player and two-time premiership winner Paul Sait.

The South Sydney utility played 165 games for the famous cardinal and myrtle jersey, scoring 30 tries.

He played centre for the Rabbitohs in the 23-12 win over Manly Warringah in the 1970 Grand Final, and again in the 16-10 win over St George in 1971, but his preferred position was lock or second row.

He represented his state in interstate clashes against Queensland on six occasions from 1969-1974, which were all highlighted by NSW series wins.

Fellow True Blue Ron Coote played a key role in Sait’s career.

Sait had to play centre at Souths because Coote had a mortgage on lock forward. Sait then made his Australian debut at the 1970 World Cup under Coote’s leadership.

He played 16 Tests in total and retired in 1978.

Rabbitohs CEO Blake Solly also paid tribute to 76-year-old Sait.

“Paul is renowned as one of the great South Sydney men of the club’s third golden era, his contribution the equal of the likes of Sattler, McCarthy, Coote and Simms,” he said.

The NSWRL would like to extend its sincere condolences to Sait’s family and friends.

(Photo courtesy of The Daily Telegraph)


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New South Wales Rugby League respects and honours the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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