A shocked rugby league community is in mourning following the sudden death of premiership-winning coach Paul Green at the age of 49 on Thursday, August 11.
A post-mortem is expected to be carried out in order to determine Green’s cause of death after he passed away at his home in Brisbane.
We are deeply saddened at the tragic passing of Queenslander and former Bronco, Paul Green.
A legend on and off the field gone far too soon ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wTe4pe1bvw
— Brisbane Broncos (@brisbanebroncos) August 11, 2022
During his playing career, Green took 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.
Green made his debut with the Cronulla Sharks in 1994, impressing many with his maturity and impressive skills as a halfback. Following his debut season, Green won the ARL’s prestigious Rothmans Medal award as best and fairest player.
In 1999 Green made a move to the North Queensland Cowboys as the team’s starting halfback for most of the year. He also became the club’s first State of Origin representative, when he was selected as Queensland’s halfback for Game 2 in the series.
Green returned to Sydney in 2001 to play for the Sydney Roosters where he played 19 games for the club while receiving another call up to Origin, playing in all three games in Queensland’s series win.
Following a knee injury in 2002 that ruled him out for the entire Roosters’ premiership-winning season, Green went on to join the Parramatta Eels in 2003 as a halfback for seven games before a cheekbone fracture ended his season.
In 2004, Green made the move back to Queensland to sign with the Brisbane Broncos where he made five appearances with the club before retiring.
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.
A devastated rugby league community took to social media to pay tribute to Green in the wake of his sudden death.
National Rugby League announced that “the Rugby League community has lost a legendary player and coach today” while offering their condolences to fans, friends, and family alike.
Vale Paul Green.
The Rugby League community has lost a legendary player and coach today.
Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues and the countless fans who loved him. Rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/dUeUc4sPEL
— NRL (@NRL) August 11, 2022
The Parramatta Eels expressed their grief after the loss of “a great man, player and coach”.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Eel #646 Paul Green. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues for their loss ????
Rest in Peace to a great man, player & coach ???? pic.twitter.com/4NdGKPqrVY
— Parramatta Eels (@TheParraEels) August 11, 2022
The Sydney Roosters’ thoughts were with Green’s family.
The extended Roosters family are deeply saddened to have lost Paul Green, a Rooster for life. Our thoughts are with his family.
— Sydney Roosters ???? (@sydneyroosters) August 11, 2022
“Deepest and most sincere condolences” were offered by the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
On behalf of everyone connected to the South Sydney Rabbitohs, we send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Paul Green. Rest in peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/wbTZRJmF9G
— South Sydney Rabbitohs ???? (@SSFCRABBITOHS) August 11, 2022
The Manly Warringah Sea Eagles paid tribute to a “wonderful man, player and coach”.
Our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Paul Green following his sudden passing
A wonderful man, player and coach. Rest in Peace, ‘Greeny’ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Y64rdJJJ3v
— Manly Warringah Sea Eagles (@SeaEagles) August 11, 2022
Origin rivalries were put aside with the NSW Blues offering their “deepest condolences to the friends and family of Paul Green”.
Sending our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Paul Green following his sudden passing.
Rest in Peace, Paul. pic.twitter.com/pmgBdC3F40
— NSWBlues (@NSWBlues) August 11, 2022
The West Tigers were “deeply saddened” after learning of Green’s passing.
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Green.
On behalf of Wests Tigers we are sending our deepest condolences to Paul’s family, friends and colleagues for this loss.
You will always be remembered, Rest In Peace???? pic.twitter.com/6hEc0ZPYRo
— Wests Tigers (@WestsTigers) August 11, 2022
The team that Green secured a premiership win for, the North Queensland Cowboys, will remember Green “as one of the greatest contributors in Cowboys history.”
“We will forever remember Paul as one of the greatest contributors in Cowboys history.”
— NQ Cowboys (@nthqldcowboys) August 11, 2022
Melbourne Storm will remember Green “for his outstanding contribution” to rugby league in his roles as player and coach.
Lost too soon but will be remembered for his outstanding contribution to our great game as coach and player. pic.twitter.com/frq6e2p2A2
— Melbourne Storm (@storm) August 11, 2022
St George Illawarra Dragons also offered their “deepest condolences” to those who were close to Green.
The St George Illawarra Dragons send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Paul Green. pic.twitter.com/fEbgh5DlAX
— St George Illawarra Dragons (@NRL_Dragons) August 11, 2022
Green is survived by his wife Amanda and two children Emerson and Jed.
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