‘A celebration of the awesome life Paul lived’: Paul Green to be farewelled in public funeral

Aug 15, 2022
Green's brother Rick revealed plans to publicly farewell the rugby league icon. Source: Getty Images.

The family of late rugby league star and premiership-winning coach Paul Green have revealed the sporting icon will be farewelled in a public funeral.

Green passed away suddenly at the age of 49 on Thursday, August 11 in his Brisbane home. A post-mortem is expected to be carried out in order to determine his cause of death.

While discussing the heavy toll that Green’s death had taken on his family, his brother Rick spoke of plans to publicly farewell the rugby league icon.

“Everyone is feeling overwhelmed,” he told The Sunday Mail.

“As we reflect on those good times, there’s a great sadness at his passing. It’s still very raw and difficult to process.”

The public funeral is expected to be held towards the end of August, either on the 23rd or the 30th. The event will reportedly be held at Kougari Oval, the home ground of the Wynnum-Manly Seagulls where Green played as a junior and where he would later return as a coach to lead the Seagulls to Queensland Cup premierships in 2011 and 2012.

“It will be a celebration of the awesome life Paul lived and the wonderful things he did for people,” Rick said.

Green was honoured with a minute’s silence over the weekend as two of Green’s former teams, the North Queensland Cowboys and the Sydney Roosters, faced off at the SCG on Saturday, August 13.

Following Saturday’s match, North Queensland Cowboys’ captain Jason Taumalolo spoke of how Green’s death “shocked and rattled” members of the team.

“There are no real words, really, to express what has happened over the last few days and how it has affected people in the rugby league community and families,” he said.

“I can’t imagine what Amanda [Green’s wife] and the kids are going through right now.

“What has happened has really shocked and rattled most of us and it is going to take some time to get over it.

“I think everyone copes with loss and grief differently. I am not sure about any of the other boys, but everyone is affected differently.”

Taumalolo and his Cowboys’ teammates join a devastated rugby league community in mourning the sudden death of Green whose decorated playing career included taking the field an incredible 162 times with a number of clubs which included the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, North Queensland Cowboys, Sydney Roosters, Parramatta Eels, and the Brisbane Broncos.

He also represented Queensland in seven State of Origin games and played two matches for the Australian Super League team in 1997.

Following Green’s impressive playing career he turned his attention toward coaching after his retirement, where he famously led the North Queensland Cowboys to their first Grand Final in a decade. The Cowboys went to win the final with a 17-16 win over the Brisbane Broncos.

The monumental win made Green the first coach in history to defeat the Brisbane Broncos in a Grand Final.

Green is survived by his wife Amanda and two children Emerson and Jed.

If you or anyone you know needs help: Lifeline — 13 11 14; MensLine Australia — 1300 789 978; BeyondBlue — 1300 224 636; Suicide Call Back Service — 1300 659 467; Headspace — 1800 650 890; Kids Helpline — 1800 551 800.

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