Russell Lance Fairfax is an Australian former professional rugby league football player and coach of the 1970s and 1980s.
Fairfax attended Matraville High School and played for the Louisiana Perouse and Alexandria Rovers rugby league clubs in his junior years, before joining the Randwick club to play rugby union.
In the early 1970s Fairfax played in eight rugby union tests for Australia. In 1974, the fullback joined Eastern Suburbs rugby league club and was an instant sensation in the new code. His unorthodox play and long blonde flowing locks made him a crowd favourite.
Fairfax represented both Sydney and NSW during his career but a broken leg suffered during the height of his career in the 1975 season probably prevented him from playing for Australia also in that rugby code.
During the 1976 NSWRFL season, Fairfax played at fullback in the unofficial 1976 World Club Challenge match against British champions Saint Helens in Sydney. Fairfax played the final season of his career - 1981, with the South Sydney club and went on to coach the Snowy River Bears in Group 16.
During the 1970s, prior to becoming a full-time professional player, Fairfax taught physical education at Randwick North High School and Cleveland Street High School. After an unsuccessful stint in coaching at the Eastern Suburbs Roosters in 1989 and 1990, Fairfax had a career in sports journalism with Fox Sports.