Premiership-winning NRL coach Paul Green has passed away, aged 49.
A terrific player who represented Queensland on seven occasions and played over 150 games in the top grade, Green was a well-respected figure within rugby league circles.
Green is perhaps most well-known for his coaching career however, after leading the North Queensland Cowboys to their maiden title in 2015.
He also coached the Maroons during the 2021 State of Origin series, before stepping away from the role.
He is survived by his wife Amanda and two children, Emerson and Jed.
Green had been linked with a number of vacant coaching roles in recent months after stepping away from the Origin job, and was involved in the Sharks ‘old boys’ event last Saturday night.
Tributes began to flow on Thursday for Green from all across the game.
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
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
You were with us just last weekend, this is such a sad day for rugby league. A brilliant player, coach and man. Rest In Peace Paul ❤️ our thoughts and prayers are with your family and friends. pic.twitter.com/NAQPY5T43G
Former North Queensland Cowboys captain Michael Morgan pays tribute to his mentor and premiership winning coach Paul Green. pic.twitter.com/i13R38CoXL
The extended Roosters family are deeply saddened to have lost Paul Green, a Rooster for life. Our thoughts are with his family.
Forever #Rooster998 pic.twitter.com/I8eSaB68bF
Todays news has knocked me for 6. Rest In Peace Paul Green. A good mate to many, a very good player and wonderful coach. But an outstanding human being. I’m thinking of his family and many friends. Rest In Peace mate, you’ll be missed. pic.twitter.com/0jG9okbDDE
Can’t believe the Paul Green news this morning. Achieved it all as a player and coach still had so much to give, taken way to soon. Thoughts and prayers with family and friends. Makes you realise to take nothing for granted. RIP 🕊
Forever remember this moment pic.twitter.com/SOC2o5xBcG
Cowboys chairman Lewis Ramsay paid tribute to Green and his contribution to the club.
“Paul first came to our club as a player in the late 90s and was the club’s first Origin representative, but his lasting legacy emanated from his seven-season tenure as head coach of the North Queensland Cowboys,” he said.
“Paul’s arrival as head coach transformed our club from finals contenders to an immediate premiership force, culminating in the historic 2015 Grand Final victory.
“We will forever remember Paul as one of the greatest contributors in Cowboys history.”
In a playing career that spanned a decade, Green played 162 games across stints with the Sharks, Cowboys, Roosters, Eels and Broncos, before retiring in 2004.
A crafty and tenacious halfback, Green won the Rothmans Medal in 1995 while playing for Cronulla, and became the Cowboys’ first-ever Origin representative in 1999.
As a coach, Green took over at the Cowboys in 2014 and won a premiership in his second year. He went on to lead the Townsville-based outfit on 167 occasions, finishing with a winning percentage over 50 per cent.
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