Paul Hayward

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Paul Cecil Hayward (1954–1992) was a professional rugby league player who played for the Newtown Jets between 1973 and 1978. Hayward played 73 first grade games for Newtown during those years, scoring 14 tries and kicking 43 goals. Originally a South Sydney junior league player from the Waterloo Waratahs club, he later represented a combined Sydney representative side that toured New Zealand in 1976 playing half-back.[1] Hayward had been selected to represent Australia as a boxer at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal. Under the Olympic rules of that time, he was disqualified from competing after he turned professional.


He was the brother-in-law of convicted criminal Neddy Smith, and had a son and two daughters. Smith sent Hayward to Bangkok with Warren Fellows to arrange a shipment of heroin. On 11 October 1978, Hayward and Fellows were arrested at the Montien Hotel in Bangkok when a suitcase containing heroin was found in his room. He and Fellows were convicted in Thailand, alongside William Sinclair, for attempting to export 8.4 kilograms of heroin to Australia.[2]

Paul Hayward received a 30 year sentence while Warren Fellows received life. Hayward was imprisoned in Lard Yao men's prison in Klong Prem Central Prison before being moved to Bangkwang. After being transferred back to Lard Yao he was released on 7 April 1989, after being granted a royal pardon. Hayward became a heroin user during his time in jail and contracted HIV.[2] He died of a heroin overdose in Sydney on 9 May 1992. He was survived by his wife Gail and his three children.[3]


  1. ^ "Paul Hayward". Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Baker, Jordan (8 March 2008). "It's a crime: how footy heroes go bad". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 
  3. ^ 4,000 Days: My Life and Survival in a Bangkok Prison. St. Martin's Griffin. 2000. p. 197. ISBN 978-0-312-25364-6. Retrieved 22 May 2010. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Fellows, W., Marx, J., The Damage Done, Pan Macmillan Australia 1997, ISBN 1-84018-275-X