|Birth name||Paul Huw Thorburn|
|Date of birth||24 November 1962|
|Place of birth||Rheindahlen, West Germany|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||14 st 2 lb (90 kg)|
|School||Hereford Cathedral School|
|University||University College, Swansea|
|Rugby union career|
Thorburn was a prolific long distance goal kicker. He holds the record for the longest successful kick in an international test match (although not the longest in Rugby Union as a whole). He gained the record during the 1986 Five Nations Championship at Cardiff Arms Park with a penalty kick measuring exactly 70 yards 8 and a half inches (64.2m) against Scotland.
Thorburn was also in the Wales squad for the 1987 Rugby World Cup, during which he scored a conversion that won Wales third place in the competition.
He retired from playing in 1991. He was tournament director for the World Cup in 1999 and also a former special projects manager for the Welsh Rugby Union.
In 2006 he joined Ospreys after leaving the Welsh Rugby Union, however he left the club in June 2010 to pursue other business interests.
- "THE Ospreys have paid tribute to Paul Thorburn after his surprise departure from the Liberty Stadium". Thisissouthwales.co.uk. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
- "BBC Sport - Rugby Union - Ospreys confirm Paul Thorburn departure". BBC News. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
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