Paul Sackey

Paul Sackey
Full name Paul Henry Sackey
Date of birth (1979-11-08) 8 November 1979
Place of birth London, England
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 92 kg (14 st 7 lb)[1]
School The John Fisher School
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team Harlequins
Playing career
Position Wing
Youth clubs
Wasps Academy
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Bedford Blues
London Irish
London Wasps
Stade Français
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–2009 England 22 (55)
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2001 England World Cup

Paul Henry Sackey (born 8 November 1979) is an English rugby union footballer who currently plays on the wing for Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership.

He is an England international. He has also played for the England Saxons and the England Sevens team.

He is of Ghanaian heritage and attended the Roman Catholic John Fisher School in Purley.

Early career

Born on 8 November 1979 in London, Sackey started playing rugby at 17, when he was a pupil at the Roman Catholic John Fisher School in Purley, and started out as a centre or fullback.[2] His pace earned him an immediate call up to the school's 1st XV and he was a member of their Sevens team that won the Rosslyn Park Nationals Sevens tournament two years running.

Sackey was spotted by a Wasps scout, and went on to play for Wasps U19s and U21s. Andy Gomarsall took Sackey on a sevens trip to Lisbon and, realising his potential, arranged his move to Bedford. While at Bedford he was called up to the England under-21 squad that played in the under-21 World Cup in New Zealand, before signing professional forms with London Irish and joining them in August 2000. That year he also played for the England Sevens team in Argentina.[3]

Club career

Sackey playing for Stade Français during a match against Stade toulousain, 2011

He topped the London Irish try scoring list in the 2000–01 Zurich Premiership, and in four years scored 43 tries in 121 Premiership appearances. He played for London Irish when they beat Northampton Saints, 38–7, in the 2002 Powergen Cup final.[4]

He left London Irish in February 2005 to return to Wasps[5] and was immediately drafted into the 1st team squad, where he played on the wing in their victorious 2004–05 Zurich Premiership final against Leicester Tigers.[6]

Sackey started against Leicester Tigers in the final of the 2006–07 Heineken Cup.[7]

In February 2010, Sackey, whose contract with Wasps expired at the end of the 2009–10 Guinness Premiership season, announced that he would join RC Toulonnais for the 2010–11 Top 14 season.[8]

Sackey scored six tries in 20 matches for RC Toulonnais during the 2010–11 season. However, RC Toulonnais owner Mourad Boudjellal pronounced himself "unsatisfied" with Sackey's performance and he was released in May 2011.[9] On 15 August 2013, Sackey will return to England to join with Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership for the 2013/14 season.[10]

International career

In 2001 he was included in the Senior England tour party that played the United States and Canada. He scored twice in their 83–21 win over USA 'A' in Los Angeles.[11]

In 2003, Sackey also played for the England Saxons against the Ireland Wolfhounds. He was a member of the England Saxons squad for the 2004 Churchill Cup, that played Canada and the New Zealand Māori.

He was named in a 30-man squad for the 2006 end of year rugby tests. After Mark Cueto pulled out through injury he was named in the starting line-up to face the All Blacks[12] and made his England debut on Sunday, 5 November 2006.[13] His first try came a week later in England's 25–18 home defeat to Argentina.[14] However he was unable to build on his performances in these games after being forced out of the two subsequent games against South Africa and the 2007 Six Nations Championship through injury.

2007 World Cup

Sackey was included in the training squad, and later (in August 2007) the final 30-man squad, for the 2007 Rugby World Cup.[15]

In the group stage, he was notable for two tries in a 44–22 victory over Samoa,[16] and two more in the final group match against Tonga,[17] which secured England's place in the quarter-finals, where he impressed against Australia, managing to prevent a possible try.[18] Sackey played in the 2007 Rugby World Cup Final.[19] Sackey also played in the 2008 Six Nations Championship and performed well, scoring 3 tries.

Sackey was not in his best form during the 2009 Six Nations Championship and was dropped after England's defeat to Wales and did not feature in the last three games of the tournament.


Ambassador for Ghana Rugby

Sackey, in July 2008, travelled to his parents' home country, Ghana, to gain a better understanding of the development of the sport there. A huge crowd of over 500 schoolchildren greeted him, with several games put on in his honour. This included an exhibition game between Kotababi and Unity Primary schools; of which some children travelled to the United Kingdom in October 2008 to participate in a tournament arranged by charity Tour Aid.


Sackey has two brothers, called Eddie and Kojo. He also has two sisters called Beverly and Annabel. In 2006 Paul set up his own car-sourcing business, finding and selling top-of-the-range cars including, in one case, a £330,000 Robin Reliant.[20] He is an expert on the life of Cicero, and published a monograph on his role in the fall of the Roman Republic in 2008.


  1. "Rugby Club Toulonnaise Paul Sackey". Rugby Club Toulonnaise. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
  2. "Rugby: The National Schools Sevens". The Independent. 26 March 2008.
  3. "English chances dented by Spain". ESPN Scrum. 27 January 2001. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  4. "Exiles claim Cup glory". BBC Sport. 20 April 2002. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  5. "Paul Sackey joins London Wasps". ESPN Scrum. 14 February 2005. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  6. "Leicester 14–39 Wasps". BBC Sport. 14 May 2005. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  7. Hodgetts, Rob (19 May 2007). "Heineken Cup final: Leicester 9–25 Wasps". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2010. Sackey won the League title for a second time during the 2007–08 Guinness Premiership.Shea, Julian (31 May 2008). "Guinness Premiership final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  8. "England winger Paul Sackey to leave Wasps for Toulon". BBC Sport. 18 February 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  9. "Saint-Andre stays at Toulon as David Smith leaves Force for France". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 May 2011.
  10. "Harlequins sign Paul Sackey from Stade Francais". BBC Sport. 15 August 2013.
  11. "England too good for second-string". BBC Sport. 13 June 2001. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  12. "Injured Cueto to miss NZ contest". BBC Sport. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  13. "England 20–41 New Zealand". BBC Sport. 5 November 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  14. "England 18–25 Argentina". BBC Sport. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  15. "Tindall & Hodgson miss World Cup". BBC Sport. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  16. Hodgetts, Rob (22 September 2007). "England 44–22 Samoa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  17. Standley, James (28 September 2007). "England 36–20 Tonga". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  18. Shea, Julian (6 October 2007). "England 12–10 Australia". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  19. Standley, James (20 October 2007). "World Cup final 2007". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  20. "England Rugby – Paul Sackey England Profile". RFU. Retrieved 13 November 2008.
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