(Norths 1989-99) 193 games - 36t (144pts).
(Newcastle 2000) 26 games – 1t (4pts).
(NSW 1991-97) 10 games (0pts).
(Australia 1994-96) 5 Tests - 2t (8pts).
Originally from Ourimbah on the Central Coast, Fairleigh overcame leg injuries with Norths in 1990 to gain selection on the NSW interchange bench the following year.
The strapping second rower was again on the bench for NSW in 1993 before getting a start in the third match of the series.
Despite his excellent form in 1994, Fairleigh was not selected in any State of Origin match but was able to win a place in Australia's Test side against France when Bradley Clyde withdrew.
Fairleigh went on to win the Rothmans Medal that year (in a result that was allegedly leaked and became the centre of a betting scandal) and was one of the first forwards picked on the Kangaroo tour.
After a solid start to the tour, he was selected as a reserve for the Second Test but withdrew on the morning of the match with a virus.
Fairleigh went on to play the remaining two Tests on tour from the interchange bench, scoring a try in Australia's 74-0 thrashing of France.
In the tumult of Super League signing in early 1995, Fairleigh pledged his allegiance to the ARL but was largely been used from the bench at State of Origin level.
His only Test matches since the Kangaroo tour was against nondescript Fiji and PNG teams in 1996.
Following Norths’ merger with Manly at the end of 1999, Fairleigh moved to Newcastle in 2000 and earned the club’s Player of the Year award.
2001 saw him play for St Helens in England.
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