Paul Broadbent

YST Paul Broadbent


Paul is a star of Rugby League. In a career spanning 17 years, prop forward Paul represented England and Great Britain, playing over 450 first grade games for teams including Sheffield Eagles, Halifax, Hull and Wakefield. Academically challenged, Paul found sport to be the only school subject he enjoyed. Introduced to rugby at 11, he wasn’t as naturally gifted as some of his teammates and had to train hard to improve and compete with more talented players, but his passion and commitment shone through. Paul didn’t become a full time sportsman overnight.

He signed up with Sheffield Eagles aged 19 as a part-time player, he then became a full time school coach, whilst still training in the evenings with Sheffield Eagles. In 1996 when Rugby Super League was formed, Paul was given the opportunity to be a full time professional rugby player. In 1998 he led his team to a Challenge Cup win – finally achieving a lifelong goal; a huge achievement for someone who describes himself as a player with limited skill and ability.

Sporting Achievements:

  • World Cup Finalist
  • Challenge Cup Winner.