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SportPaul Vautin interested in Queensland State of Origin coaching job if Maroons lose series

10:20  07 july  2019
10:20  07 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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He famously coached the Maroons to a State of Origin series victory in the 1990s, and now Paul Vautin is considering putting his hand up again if Kevin Walters makes way in the role.

Paul Vautin interested in Queensland State of Origin coaching job if Maroons lose series© Getty Images Paul Vautin.

Prominent rugby league personality Paul Vautin says he will consider putting up his hand to coach the Queensland State of Origin team again should Kevin Walters depart the Maroons after this year's series.

Vautin famously coached Queensland to a series whitewash in 1995 and has expressed interest in returning to the role, with Walters considered unlikely to remain as coach should the Maroons lose to New South Wales in Wednesday night's series decider in Sydney.

The Maroons lost last year's series with Walters at the helm, while there is speculation he could quit his post even if they win on Wednesday night, as he has been linked with the Gold Coast Titans for next season.

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The State of Origin series is an annual best-of-three rugby league matches between two Australian state representative sides, the New South Wales Blues and the Queensland Maroons .

Paul "Fatty" Vautin (born 21 July 1959) is an Australian football commentator and formerly a professional rugby league footballer, captain and coach . Later, during the Super League war, he was hired to coach Queensland in the 1995 State of Origin series and took the Maroons to an upset

Vautin, who has never coached an NRL club, said he was confident he could coach the Maroons with success if given the opportunity again.

But he did acknowledge there were several other candidates who would be excellent choices if Walters steps down or was removed.

"I think I could do it, it's a pretty simple job coaching Origin," Vautin told ABC Grandstand.

"You haven't got to come up with 35 different tactics to win the game. You've just got to get them to play for you and play for your state.

"It's a pretty simple game, run hard, tackle hard. Whoever does that best is going to win the game.

"But I think there's other people probably better credentialed at this stage of my life."

The 59-year-old Vautin, who has enjoyed a lengthy media career since retiring as a player in 1991, had previously approached the Maroons after Mal Meninga stepped down as coach after the 2015 series.

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The 1995 State of Origin series was the 14th time that the annual three-game series between the Queensland and New South Wales representative rugby league football teams was contested entirely under ' state of origin ' selection rules.

There have been over 186 rugby league footballers who have played for Queensland in State of Origin since its inception in 1980. All players who have been selected to debut for the Queensland rugby league team in State of Origin matches have been assigned a number by the Queensland

He spoke to Queensland Rugby League chairman Bruce Hatcher at the time but soon realised his expression of interest had come too late.

"I said 'Mate, I think I can do it again, it's been 20 years'," Vautin said.

"He said "Are you serious?', [and] I said 'Yeah, I'm serious'.

"He said 'Well, you're not going to believe this, but … we're about to make an announcement in an hour. We're just about to appoint Kevin Walters as the Queensland coach'.

"I said 'Sweet, no worries, I just thought I'd throw my hand up'. Maybe if I rung a week earlier I could've been some hope."

Vautin, who is regarded as one of Queensland's greatest players, made a name for himself as a coach when he led the Maroons to a stunning 3-0 series triumph in 1995 during a period that became known as the Super League war.

The Maroons squad he coached was made up of players solely from the Australian Rugby League-aligned clubs and was missing a host of stars, who were contracted to the clubs that had signed with the News Corporation-backed Super League.

Vautin coached Queensland again in 1996 when Super League-signed players were available but lost to the Blues 3-0.

He lost again as coach in 1997, with the Blues winning the series 2-1 when rugby league was split between the Australian Rugby League and Super League competitions.

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