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Ospreys confirm Paul Thorburn departure

Paul Thorburn
Paul Thorburn scored 304 points in his six-year Wales carreer

Former Wales captain Paul Thorburn has left his position as the Ospreys' strategic development manager.

The newly crowned Magners League champions have confirmed Thorburn's departure and made a statement praising his contribution to the region.

The former Wales full-back, who won 37 caps between 1985 and 1991 and scored a then-record 304 points, says he will be pursuing "other business interests".

Thorburn joined the Ospreys in 2006 after leaving the Welsh Rugby Union.

Thorburn, whose 70-yard penalty against Scotland at Cardiff Arms Park in 1986 still stands as a world best, retired from playing in 1991.

We would like to thank Paul for his invaluable contribution to the region

Ospreys managing director Roger Blyth

He has since forged a commercial rugby career as 1999 World Cup tournament director and the WRU's special projects manager.

"The past four years have been some of the most enjoyable for me," said Thorburn.

"There have been some memorable rugby moments, most notably the EDF Energy Cup win in 2007/8, the win over Australia in 2006/7 and the recent success in the Magners League."

Ospreys managing director Roger Blyth added: "We would like to thank Paul for his invaluable contribution to the region during the past four years.

"Not not only in his commercial capacity, but with his contribution to the overall strategic direction of the business.

"He built up an excellent rapport with all of our sponsors and business clients and was a real team player within the business as a whole.

"We wish Paul every success with his new business ventures and trust that his undoubted talents are used to maintain his passion for the game."



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