Paul Dunn

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Paul Dunn is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1980s and 90s. A State of Origin and Australian international representative forward, he played club football in Sydney for Eastern Suburbs, Canterbury-Bankstown, Parramatta and Penrith Panthers


Dunn was born on 7 August 1963 in the small country town of Molong and grew up in both Orange and Bathurst. He played 100 games for Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and at his peak represented Australian Kangaroos

Paul Dunn moved to Sydney at the age of 19 and played a season with Bondi United of which he is now a member of their Team of the Century, then in 1983 Dunn began his 1st Grade Career with NSWRL club, Eastern Suburbs where he played for two years before moving to the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, his most successful club where he played for 5 years until a major player and staff change prompted a move to the Penrith Panthers where he spent 2 years before moving to the Parramatta Eels his most unsuccessful club where he retired at the end of 1995 before returning for one year to his first club, the Sydney Roosters.

In New South Wales Rugby League season 1988 Dunn was the recipient of the Clive Churchill Medal for his man-of-the-match performance at prop in the Grand Final-winning Canterbury team. Dunn also played for the Penrith Panthers, winning another premiership with them in NSWRL season 1991. Following the grand final victory he travelled with the Panthers to England for the 1991 World Club Challenge which was lost to Wigan. He also played for the Sydney Roosters and Parramatta Eels clubs.

Dunn in his illustrious career play in the City Origin side in 1985, 86, 87 and 90, this was because he played his last year of jr football for Bondi United, a Sydney based club. He also played in the Country Origin sides of 1988, 89 and 91 because of his country based roots. Dunn was unlucky not to play more Origin than one game in 1988 two games in 1989 because he was unfortunately in the same era as forwards like Steve 'Blocker' Roach, David 'Cement' Gillespie, Paul 'Chief' Harrigan, Paul 'Siro' Sironen and John Cartright.

At the end of the 1986 NSWRL season, he went on the 1986 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.

In 2000 he was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his contribution to Australia's international standing in rugby league.

Appointed the Chief Executive of the reinstituted South Sydney Rabbitohs where he had great input into the reinstated club, Dunn departed after the club’s disappointing 2002 season due to unrest in the club. Then in 2008, Dunn was appointed to the board of the Cantebury-Bankstown Bulldogs Football club. In the following year the 'Boys from Belmore' made it to the preliminary finals and only missed out on the Minor Premiership because of a controversial Video Referee decision and being stripped of 2 points for an interchange mixup, and then in 2010 was made Deputy Chairman of the club.

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