Sam Faust

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Sam Faust
Personal information
Born (1984-09-24)24 September 1984
Proserpine, Queensland, Australia
Died 23 May 2011(2011-05-23) (aged 26)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Playing information
Height 186 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb)
Position Second-row, Lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2007–08 North Queensland Cowboys 23 0 0 0 0
As of 23 August 2008

Sam Faust (24 September 1984 – 23 May 2011) was an Australian professional rugby league player who played for the North Queensland Cowboys in the National Rugby League competition.

Playing career[edit]

Faust spent time at the St. George Illawarra Dragons under coach Steve Price.[1] He won the Jersey Flegg best and fairest award in 2003 and the coach's award in 2004 before spending 2005 with the top 25 man squad.[2] However Faust could not break into first grade and he returned to Queensland, joining the North Queensland Cowboys.

He made his first grade debut for the Cowboys in Round 10 of the 2007 season against Parramatta. He went on to play in 13 matches that season and another ten in 2008.

By 2009 Faust was playing part-time for the Central Tigers in the Townsville Rugby League competition and completing a carpentry apprenticeship.[3]

Later years[edit]

Faust was diagnosed with Acute myeloid leukemia in 2009 and died on 23 May 2011.[4]

Faust was a father of three.[5]


  1. ^ Race day raises funds for Sam Faust Townsville Bulletin, 11 May 2011 Archived 13 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Origin teams to honour the short life of a colleague Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 2011
  3. ^ Sam Faust fighting on Townsville Bulletin, 14 November 2009 Archived 13 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Former Cowboys player Faust dies". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Former NRL player Sam Faust dies of leukaemia". AAP. 23 May 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2011.