Scotland Rugby League is delighted to have George Fairbairn as a patron for the Saltire Schools S4/S5 competition. George (born in Peebles) is a Scottish former rugby league player and coach.
He played club football for Wigan, winning the Man of Steel Award in 1980. Fairbairn was also the fullback and goal-kicker for the Great Britain national team, however because the Scotland national squad wasn’t established until 1994 he represented the English national team several times, including the 1975 World Cup.
He was later a player-coach at Wigan for the 1980-81 season but was then sold to Hull Kingston Rovers for a record ₤72,500. Fairbairn also became coach of the Scotland national rugby league team from 1995 to 1997 and is the current Manager for the National side.
Only two people born in Scotland have played for the England national rugby league team, they are; George Fairbairn, and Andrew Hogg.
With 52 goals, George is 1st in the list of England’s all-time goal scorers, with 118 points he is also 1st in the list of England’s all-time point scorers.
We welcome George as a patron to the Saltire Schools Rugby League tournament and thank him for his continued support of Scotland Rugby League.