Cronulla Sharks star Nico Hynes has been praised by NRL fans after a touching speech in a post-match interview.
Hines and the Sharks secured a 36-12 victory over the Western Tigers, but Hines’ mind was elsewhere.
The star half-back turned his attention to Paul Green, whose death rocked the rugby league community this week.
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“I can give a quick shout out to the Paul Green family. All of us here at the Sharks are thinking of you,” Hynes said on Fox.
He was an important part of this club and I want to express my respect and condolences to you, we are thinking of you.
Hynes then went on to highlight the upcoming ‘RU OK’ day, but said more needs to be done on mental health.
“Every year there is an ‘RU OK’ day and it’s coming soon, but I think we should have an ‘RU OK’ day every day of the year,” he said.
We need to think about it a bit and spread the message of mental health. It is very important nowadays.
“Our love to you again.”
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“A class act,” wrote Ten News reporter Veronica Eggleton.
Without regular halves partner Matt Moylan or free-running fullback Will Kennedy, Hynes was the centerpiece for everything that was good about Cronulla’s attack. Rushed 23 times for 205 yards (33 yards after contact) and broke two tackles. He recorded one try assist and two line assists as a player. He kicked 13 times for 291m.
– With Matt Cleary, NCA Newswire
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