Henry Paul joins Ovenden Park coaching staff

Halifax RU have announced dual-code international Henry Paul has agreed to assist the club’s coaches on a part-time basis.

The 38-year-old was capped by New Zealand in the 13-a-side code before switching allegiances to England following a high-profile move to rugby union.

Since quitting the professional game, Paul has carved out an impressive coaching career, helping Russia at Rugby World Cup before moving on to take charge of the Sevens side.

Paul has strong links with Yorkshire, having first moved to the White Rose county in 1993 after joining Wakefield RL.

Although he is perhaps best known for his spell at Wigan, he also played for Bradford Bulls, while he had stints at RFU Championship sides Leeds Carnegie and Rotherham.

His other clubs include Harlequins RL and Gloucester, while he won six caps for England and starred for the Sevens team on the World Series circuit.

Paul, though, will now take two training sessions a month at Ovenden Park – starting today.

Head coach Mark Walton said: “This is great news for the club and we are thankful to Henry for agreeing to help out.

“He has a fantastic pedigree as a player and a coach and I am sure he will have a massive impact on the club as a whole.”

Halifax are also close to agreeing a deal that will see Halifax RL coach Lee Greenwood link up with the club twice a month as well.