Double international Henry Paul has blasted England coach Andy Robinson as he called time on his union career.
Paul lamented his lost Test opportunities as he signed off with the 15-man game and headed back to rugby league with the Harlequins club, formerly known as the London Broncos.
Paul ended his time with Gloucester and fired a shot at Robinson as he left. Paul, a New Zealand league representative, played six tests for the English rugby team but fell out of favour with Robinson in 2004.
He lasted just 26 minutes at centre in his final Test for England against the Wallabies at Twickenham before being pulled off the field by Robinson.
From there he was left to play his international rugby in the sevens environment. “I still can’t see why I was taken off so early,” Paul, 32, told the BBC.
“England haven’t got it right since – it makes me think what could’ve been. (Robinson) never really explained it to me. You have ups and downs in sport and that was a real down in my career,” Paul said.
“But it was more confusing than anything else. I’ve got on with life though – you have to move on and I did the day after the match.”
He weighed up options in both codes before deciding the time was right for league again. “I talked to other union clubs and (league) clubs in Australia. I would have stayed in rugby union if I really wanted to but I didn’t,” he said.
He is keen to make his name again in rugby league. He switched codes in 2001 and now returns to the 13-man game. Don’t discount him from a possible return to the New Zealand league side.