Paul Vaughan (rugby league)

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Paul Vaughan
Paul Vaughan Raiders.jpg
Personal information
Born (1991-04-23) 23 April 1991 (age 26)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Height 190 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–16 Canberra Raiders 85 16 0 0 64
2017– St. George Illawarra 23 8 0 0 32
Total 108 24 0 0 96
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2013–17 Italy 5 0 0 0 0
2014–17 NSW Country 4 0 0 0 0
2017 NRL All Stars 1 0 0 0 0
As of 19 September 2017
Source: [1]

Paul Vaughan (born 23 April 1991) is an Italian international rugby league footballer who currently plays for the St. George Illawarra Dragons in the National Rugby League. A NSW Country representative prop, Vaughan previously played for the Canberra Raiders.


Vaughan playing for the Raiders in 2011

Born in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Vaughan is of Italian descent through his maternal grandmother.[2] He played his junior rugby league for the Gungahlin Bulls before being signed by the Canberra Raiders, with whom he played in the National Youth Competition in 2010 and 2011.[3] In 2012, Vaughan graduated to the Raiders' New South Wales Cup team, the Mount Pritchard Mounties, winning the Mounties' Player's Player award and being named on the interchange bench in the 2012 NSW Cup Team of the Year.

Playing career[edit]


On 18 April 2013, Vaughan re-signed with the Raiders on a 2-year contract to the end of the 2015 season.[4] In Round 7 of the 2013 NRL season, Vaughan made his NRL debut for the Canberra Raiders off the interchange bench against the North Queensland Cowboys in the Raiders 30-12 loss at 1300SMILES Stadium.[5] In Round 14 against the Penrith Panthers, Vaughan scored his first NRL career try in the Raiders 24-12 win at Canberra Stadium.[6] Vaughan finished the 2013 NRL season being named as the Raiders Rookie of the Year, playing in 18 matches and scoring a try in his debut year in the NRL.[7] In October 2013, Vaughan was named in the Italy 24-man squad for the 2013 World Cup, playing in all of their three matches.[8]


In Round 7 against the Melbourne Storm, Vaughan scored a solo effort try in the 79th minute to win the match for the Raiders 24-22 at Canberra Stadium.[9] Vaughan earned selection in the NSW Country team in the City vs Country Origin match off the interchange, scoring a try in the 26-all draw in Dubbo.[10] Vaughan finished the 2014 NRL season with him playing in 23 matches and scoring 7 tries for the Raiders. On 10 September 2014, Vaughan re-signed with the Raiders until the end of the 2017 season.[11]


On 3 May, Vaughan played for New South Wales Country against New South Wales City in the 2015 City vs Country Origin match, playing off the interchange bench in Country's 34-22 win at Wagga Wagga.[12] In Round 20 against the Penrith Panthers, he scored his first career double in the Raiders' 34-24 win at Penrith Stadium.[13] He finished the 2015 season having played in all of the Raiders' 24 matches and scoring 4 tries.[14] On 8 September, he was named in the 2015 Prime Minister's XIII squad but later pulled out due to injury.[15][16]


On 30 January 2016, Vaughan was named in the Raiders' 2016 NRL Auckland Nines squad.[17] On 8 May 2016, for the third year in a row, Vaughan played for New South Wales Country against New South Wales City, where he played off the interchange bench in the 44-30 loss in Tamworth.[18] After Round 18, Vaughan was dropped to the Raiders NSW Cup team the Mount Pritchard Mounties after Coach Ricky Stuart opted to select the newly arrived prop Junior Paulo from the Parramatta Eels, rising youngster Joseph Tapine and late bloomer rookie Clay Priest to be part of the forwards rotation.[19] But after Clay Priest suffered a season ending ankle injury, Vaughan beat out overlooked veteran forwards Shaun Fensom and Jeff Lima to fill in the vacant spot on the interchange bench for the Finals.[20] Vaughan finished the 2016 NRL season playing 20 matches and scoring 4 tries for the Canberra Raiders. On 15 October 2016, it was announced that Vaughan signed a 3-year contract with the St. George Illawarra Dragons worth $1.75m, starting from 2017 and will see him at the club until 2019.[21][22]


On 10 February 2017, Vaughan played for the World All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars in the 2017 All Stars match, playing off the interchange bench in the 34-8 loss at Hunter Stadium.[23][24] In Round 1 of the 2017 NRL season, Vaughan made his club debut for the St George Illawarra Dragons against the Penrith Panthers, starting at prop in the 42-10 win at Jubilee Oval.[25] In his next match in Round 2 against the Parramatta Eels, Vaughan scored his first club try for the Dragons in the 34-16 loss at WIN Stadium.[26] On 13 September, Vaughan was named in the 2017 Prime Minister's XIII squad.[27]


  1. ^ "Paul Vaughan - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. 
  2. ^ Buckley, James (17 September 2017). "Dragons prop Paul Vaughan set for second World Cup with Italy ... or Australia". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  3. ^ Paul Vaughan player results, scores, news and statistics. Retrieved on 2013-09-27.
  4. ^ "Raiders re-sign McIlwrick and Vaughan". NRL - Zero Tackle. 
  5. ^ "Matt Bowen Stars as North Queensland Cowboys Beat Canberra Raiders 30-12". Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Raiders surge past Panthers". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  7. ^ "Canberra Raiders rookie Paul Vaughan likes the hue of NSW blue". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  8. ^ "Rugby League World Cup 2013". 
  9. ^ "Last Gasp Payback as Storm Falls on Late Try". Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  10. ^ "Jamal Idris Stars in Thrilling City/Country Draw". Retrieved 2015-10-31. 
  11. ^ "Paul Vaughan re-signs with Canberra Raiders until end of 2017". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  12. ^ "Country overcome City in seesawing affair". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - 
  13. ^ "Raiders outlast Panthers in high-scoring clash". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - 
  14. ^ Shawn Dollin and Andrew Ferguson. "Custom Match List". 
  15. ^ "Prime Minister's XIII train-on squad". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - 
  16. ^ "Kangaroos forward Josh Papalii one of four Raiders players ruled out of PM's XIII squad". Canberra Times. 
  17. ^ "Raiders name 2016 Nines squad". Rugby League Week. Retrieved 2016-01-31. 
  18. ^ "Young City side stun Country". 2016-02-28. Retrieved 2016-05-10. 
  19. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  20. ^ "NRL finals: Recalled Raiders trio ready to step up after Clay Priest suffers injury heartbreak". 2016-09-15. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  21. ^ "Canberra Raiders prop Paul Vaughan accepts St George Dragons' offer". 2016-10-15. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
  22. ^ "Home | Live Scores & Latest News". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 
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  27. ^ "Mal Meninga names Australian Prime Minister's XIII for Papua New Guinea tour match". Fox Sports. 13 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 

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