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Former Kiwi Henry Paul is set to make a surprise return to rugby league after failing to make an impact in rugby with England and falling out with his club side, Gloucester, it was reported yesterday.
Paul, 31 and with 24 Kiwis tests to his name, was likely to be released by Gloucester from the final two years of his contract.
London Broncos, now renamed Harlequins Rugby League, would be an obvious destination, but only if he was prepared to take a cut in wages.
Paul's future is clearly on the line at Gloucester, who persuaded him to leave a successful career with Bradford Bulls in 2001.
Gloucester coach Dean Ryan said last week that Paul "still had an enormous amount of work to do to erase the damage" after missing three training sessions in the wake of teammate Mike Tindall's 27th birthday celebrations.
Paul was not selected for Gloucester's past two matches, even though he has scored more than 700 points in just under 100 games for the club.
Paul has played six rugby tests for England, the last against the Wallabies last year.