Robbie Hunter-Paul rules out coaching future

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Former Bradford and Huddersfield favourite Robbie Hunter-Paul says he has no plans to go into coaching when he hangs up his boots at the end of the season.

The 35-year-old will tell you there is more chance of him working in a beauty salon than putting himself in the line of fire by taking on the thankless demands of running a team.

Admittedly that might seem an odd statement to make about a seasoned professional, who by his own admission in the latest PROBIZ Tryline, has been privileged to have competed in what he calls the ‘toughest sport on the planet,' for the best part of two decades.

However, Hunter-Paul is far from your typical Rugby League player despite all his success over the years as he has demonstrated on countless occasions with his deeds away from the playing field.

He once tried his hand as a singer in a band, albeit with little joy, alongside brother Henry when they were together at the Bulls, while more recently he had shown himself to be in touch with his femine side too.

Bulls, Giants and Salford fans will be only too aware of his on the field exploits from his time in their colours, but they will all probably remember him as Robbie Paul and not his new variation.

The ex-Bradford and Huddersfield skipper has never been one for convention as he proved at his wedding to Rachel Hunter last December when he broke from tradition by electing to share his new wife's surname.

The former New Zealand international chats about the change as well as a host of other topics including his pride at teaming-up with his sibling at Osdal, as guest stars in the latest PROBIZ Tryline.

He also revealed an unusual qualification that you wouldn't expect to find on the CV of a bloke who spent the best part of his life playing a sport that is 'hard as nails.'

If you are sharp and really good at reading between the lines, you may well have picked up on Hunter-Paul's surprising skill but the best way to be certain of his mystery expertise, is by downloading and listening to the latest PROBIZ Tryline podcast yourself.

The show also contains a preview and review of the latest Challenge Cup and top-flight action, plus a not to be missed head-to-head between two fans battling it out to win Engage Super League tickets.

Hunter-Paul’s immediate target is to recover from a neck injury as he sets his sights on a fitting end to a glorious career by playing in one last grand final, albeit in the Championship, with Leigh Centurions.

As for the future after that, well who can say for certain what lies in store for this ambitious young man. However, you can be sure that the Kiwi ace is unlikely to be short of options, with a thriving punditry role in the media and the completion of his marketing studies, both on the face of it, offering him several exciting possibilities for a life after playing.

Click here for the latest episode of the PROBIZ Tryline .