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Sculthorpe's career in photos

Paul Sculthorpe started out at Warrington

Sculthorpe began his career at Warrington, but - still a teenager - he moved to St Helens for a world record fee of 370,000 in 1997

Paul Sculthorpe tries to break the tackle as he represents Great Britain against the New Zealand Maoris

Sculthorpe's talents saw him quickly called up into the international set-up, making his Great Britain debut as a 19-year-old in 1996

Paul Sculthorpe takes his son Jake around Twickenham after St Helens' 2001 Challenge Cup victory

Sculthorpe was becoming a major presence in Saints' star-studded side, helping them to victory in the 2001 Challenge Cup

Paul Sculthorpe celebrates a try against Australia in 2001

Sculthorpe was a key player for Great Britain as they fought to overcome their rivals Australia over the course of the 2001 series

Paul Sculthorpe is wrapped up by the Australia defence

But Sculthorpe and his team-mates had to settle for isolated Test wins as Australia maintained their stranglehold on the Ashes

Paul Sculthorpe enjoys the moment with Sean Long as St Helens win the 2004 Challenge Cup

The trophies kept coming on the domestic front though, as St Helens claimed the 2004 Challenge Cup with a win over Wigan

Paul Sculthorpe is unveiled as Great Britain's new captain in 2005

Sculthorpe was the automatic choice to take over as Great Britain captain after Andy Farrell's switch to rugby union

Paul Sculthorpe takes on the Hull FC defence

But the injuries were beginning to mount as Sculthorpe's full-blooded approach began to cost him

Paul Sculthorpe celebrates another Challenge Cup win in 2006

Sculthorpe was still a key player for Saints when fit, helping his side to the 2006 Challenge Cup, beating Huddersfield

Paul Sculthorpe holds the World Club Challenge trophy in 2007

Sculthorpe returned from a knee reconstruction to play an inspirational role in Saints' 2007 World Club Challenge win

Paul Sculthorpe struggled to string many games together in his final two seasons at Saints

But he was reduced to a bit-part player in his final two seasons with Saints as the injuries finally caught up with him

Paul Sculthorpe lines up a conversion for Saints

But his retirement will not overshadow Sculthorpe's status as one of the true greats of the modern game

see also
Saints legend Sculthorpe retires
19 Sep 08 |  St Helens

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