Paul Atkins (rugby league)
|Atkins playing for the Auckland Vulcans|
|Born||Auckland, New Zealand|
|2004||New Zealand Warriors||1||0||0||0||0|
|As of 09:03, 14 September 2008 (UTC)|
Paul Atkins is a former New Zealand rugby league player. He played for the Otahuhu Leopards from 2002–2003, the Otahuhu-Ellerslie Leopards from 2004–2005, the Tamaki Leopards in 2006 and the Howick Hornets from 2007-2009.
Atkins came on midway through the second spell and was subsequently smashed in two massive tackles from Roosters enforcer Adrian Morley with his first two touches. The lightweight winger or fullback made the mistake of carting the ball straight up at one of the hardest hitters in the NRL but got straight to his feet on both occasions to his credit. Earning the praise of coach Tony Kemp. "Kids come out of the Bartercard Cup and the one thing I know they have in abundance is courage," Kemp said. "He has got the courage of a lionheart. I knew he has been one of the toughest kids I have been watching for two years so he obviously relished his opportunity but he left his step on the bench". "He definitely gave the players a lift when he went on,' Kemp said. "They took one look at him - the kid's only 80kgs - and he didn't take a backward step. This is what we are trying to build."
He currently teaches at Alfriston College in Manurewa as a Physical Education Teacher and belongs to the Whanau... Tirohanga
- "Kemp pleased with baby Warriors". Television New Zealand. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
- Jessup, Peter (29 June 2004). "Rugby League: Aucklanders must back up after NSW Country clash". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
- New Zealand wins Student World Cup University Sport New Zealand
- Rugby League International Federation - New Zealand Rugby League 2006 Pacific Cup NZRL.co.nz