- Great of the game played 165 first-grade games for the Bunnies
- Helped steer the club to two premierships, played for Australia
- Also racked up 16 Tests and six games for New South Wales
Footy fans are mourning South Sydney great Paul Sait, who has died aged 74 after playing a leading role in the club’s run to two premierships.
The centre and lock racked up 165 first-grade games for the Bunnies in a decorated career that lasted from 1968 to 1978, and passed away after a long illness, according to a statement from the club.
He played in three straight grand finals for the Rabbitohs, losing to Balmain in 1969 before recording a double as the club defeated Manly in 1970 and St George in 1971.
One of the club’s true greats, he was named in the Bunnies’ all-time dream team in 2004, was given life membership in 1991 and skippered the team in 1977 and 1978.
Sait was a powerful lock/centre who helped steer Souths to grand final wins in 1970-71
He made such a mark during his time with the Bunnies that he was named to the club’s all-time dream team in 2004
‘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 [John] Sattler, [Bob] McCarthy, [Ron] Coote and [Eric] Simms,’ Souths CEO Blake Solly said on Thursday.
‘He was able to earn his way into a first grade team that won four premierships in five years, and cemented his name in the folklore of South Sydney.
‘He was recognised as one of the two best centres to play for this club in its first century, being named in our Dream Team, and fittingly he was a Life Member of our Club.’
Bunnies CEO Blake Solly said Sait (pictured) ‘cemented his name in the folklore of South Sydney’
Sait played 16 matches for Australia from 1970 to 1975, running out for the Kangaroos in the 1970, ’72 and ’75 World Cups in addition to representing NSW five times.
‘Paul Sait – we’re talking about a real Souths legend here,’ former Souths halfback Craig Coleman told the Daily Telegraph.
‘He played four or five different positions and was a champion in all of them.’
Sait was a mainstay of the side in Souths’ third golden era, which saw the Bunnies win the premiership in 1967, ’68, ’70 and ’71.
Holding your place in that team was no mean feat – but Sait pulled it off, scoring 31 tries during his time in the red and green and breaking into the Kangaroos side in the centres in just his third year in the top grade.