Paul Okesene

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Paul Okesene
Personal information
Born 14 november 1967
Auckland, New Zealand
Died 15 September 2012 (aged 44)
Playing information
Position Wing
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Manukau Magpies
1994 Counties Manukau 22 2 0 0 8
Total 22 2 0 0 8
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986 Auckland
1986 Western Samoa
Source: RLP

Paul Okesene (died 15 September 2012) was a Samoan rugby league player who represented both Western Samoa and American Samoa. His brother, Hitro, also played international rugby league.

Playing career[edit]

A Manukau Magpies junior in the Auckland Rugby League competition,[1] Paul Okesene played for Western Samoa in 1986, at the Pacific Cup. In 1992, he again played in the Pacific Cup, this time for American Samoa.[2]

In 1994, Paul Okesene played for the Counties Manukau Heroes in the new Lion Red Cup. He left the club at the end of the year, signing to play in France.[3]

Later years[edit]

Paul died 15 September 2012 due to a heart attack.[4] At the time of his death, he was working as a bus driver for French rugby union club USA Perpignan.[5]


  1. ^ 1986 Lion Red Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1986. p.101
  2. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. pp. 276–279. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  3. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.106
  4. ^ Par avec AFP. "Rugby : le chauffeur des l'Usap décède - - Multisports". Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  5. ^ Former Manukau league player dies in Spain, 19 September 2012