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
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
Manukau Magpies
1988–1989 Sheffield Eagles 4 0 0 16
1994 Counties Manukau 22 2 0 0 8
Total 22 6 0 0 24
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1986 Auckland
1986 Western Samoa
Source: [1]

Paul Okesene (14 November 1967-15 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,[2] Paul Okesene played for Western Samoa in 1986, at the Pacific Cup. He spent the 1988/89 season with the Sheffield Eagles.[1]

In 1992, he again played in the Pacific Cup, this time for American Samoa.[3]

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.[4]

Later years[edit]

Paul died 15 September 2012 due to a heart attack.[5] At the time of his death, he was working as a bus driver for French rugby union club USA Perpignan.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Paul O'Kesene rugbyleagueproject.org
  2. ^ 1986 Lion Red Rugby League Annual, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1986. p.101
  3. ^ John Coffey, Bernie Wood (2008). 100 years: Māori rugby league, 1908-2008. Huia Publishers. pp. 276–279. ISBN 9781869693312. 
  4. ^ Lion Red Rugby League Annual 1994, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1994. p.106
  5. ^ Par europe1.fr avec AFP. "Rugby : le chauffeur des l'Usap décède - Europe1.fr - Multisports". Europe1.fr. Retrieved 2012-09-16. 
  6. ^ Former Manukau league player dies in Spain stuff.co.nz, 19 September 2012