The world of rugby league is mourning the sudden death of Paul Green at the age of 49.
of Daily TelegraphGreen was pronounced dead at his home in Brisbane on Thursday morning.
of Telegraph Green said he didn’t say anything about his illness before his sudden passing, and a post-mortem was conducted to determine the cause of death.
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‘Unbelievable’: Tributes pour in as NRL rocked by Paul Green’s death
Green had a decorated playing career spanning 162 games, suiting up for the Cronulla Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels and Brisbane Broncos.
He then moved into coaching after taking over the Queensland Maroons Origin side, leading the Cowboys to their first premiership in 2015.
Former Melbourne Storm and Marion hurler Cameron Smith called it “shocking news”. SEN radio.
“A very sad part of the day,” Smith said in response to the news, along with Denan Kemp, who was coached by Green early in his rugby league career.
“It really shook myself and Kemp in the studio and everyone in the rugby league world.
“It’s a sad day for everyone involved in the rugby league family and community. We send our condolences to the entire Green family.
Kemp spent some time learning from Green early in his career and has credited his ability to turn around Queensland Cup side Wynnum Seagulls after a challenging start to the season.
“I was lucky, he was kicking and coaching when I was at the Broncos and he was coaching when I was at Wynnum,” Kemp said.
“I had a little bit of contact with him but when I did, it was great fun the year I was at Wynnum. I started to sign for another club to leave but it was very difficult during the season. Greene managed to turn the Wynnum Seaguls around and we won the Premier League that year.
“He’s a fighter. It’s a sad day to see Greenie go like that.”
With many highlights in his playing and coaching career, Green’s biggest was his role in leading North Queensland to the premiership in 2015.
Green took the reins at the Cowboys in 2014 and saw immediate results as the Cowboys won their first NRL Auckland Nines tournament.
North Queensland carried their pre-season form right into the season, finishing fifth on the ladder.
The Cowboys advanced to third place in the 2015 season, during which they took down the Broncos in a golden point thriller to advance to the title.
North Queensland He returned to the Grand Final under Green’s watch in 2017, without the legendary Johnathan Thurston, but was outclassed by Melbourne.
Last year, Thurston revealed his first conversation with Green, who scored a drought-breaking title win in 2015.
“In the year WWOS.
“He asked me what I thought of the Cowboys back then. ‘We are very inconsistent,’ I said. It really stopped me and said, ‘You can’t win away from home, and you can’t win when you’re on the field,’ and what do I have to do to change that?
“We had to get everyone trained to the best of their ability and he did that, and he’s a great coach in those years, winning the premiership, four finals in a row and another grand final.
“I joined the club in 2005 to win the Premier League. He took everyone to that level and won his first premiership for the club which was a great show for North Queensland and we will never forget him.
Green said he would “always cherish” his premiership-winning year with the Cowboys when he leaves the club in 2020.
“I would like to thank the board for allowing me to lead this club and create some lifelong memories,” he said.
Paul Green Fact File
NRL Games Played: 162
Clubs played for: Sharks (95), Cowboys (35), Roosters (20), Eels (7), Broncos (5)
Tests recorded: 37
Experimental aspects 2 (Australia)
Sights of Queensland: 10
NRL games coached: 167, one premiership win, four finals
More to come…