Paul set for another switch

New Zealand-born star heading back to rugby union - again

Last Updated: 22/04/08 6:55pm

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Paul: code switch

Paul: code switch

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Henry Paul is set to switch codes once again, with relegated Guinness Premiership club Leeds Carnegie expected to unveil him at Headingley on Wednesday morning.

The 34-year-old is currently playing his second stint in rugby league with Harlequins, his anticipated move in turn coming as Leeds release 14 members of their squad following relegation.

Leeds have already said they planned to unveil a big name for their National League campaign next season, although they declined to confirm their target was Paul.

New Zealand-born Paul, who previously played rugby union for both Gloucester and England, is out of contract at Harlequins at the end of the current Super League season.

Superb form

Nevertheless, having been in superb form for Harlequins this season, he is thought to have shelved tentative plans for retirement.

Paul started out in rugby league with Wakefield at the age of 19 having impressed on the Junior Kiwis tour of England in 1993.

He then joined Wigan and went on to win every honour in the game during his three-year spell at the club.

Paul was also a Lance Todd Trophy winner in three successful seasons playing alongside younger brother Robbie at Bradford.

Having also won 23 caps for New Zealand, Paul switched codes in 2001 when he joined Gloucester in a deal part-funded by the Rugby Football Union.

He went on to play six times for England before returning to league two years ago.

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