Jason Taumalolo says Paul Green’s death has ‘shocked and rattled’ the Cowboys as emotional skipper believes it will take ‘some time to get over’ premiership-winning coach’s passing after their defeat by Roosters
- Cowboys skipper Jason Taumalolo has spoken of Paul Green’s shock death
- The premiership-winning coach was found dead at his home in Brisbane
- Green delivered North Queensland their first and only premiership in 2015
- Taumalolo was part of that side and says his death ‘shocked and rattled’ the club
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An emotional Jason Taumalolo has spoken of a difficult few days for the Cowboys after the death of Paul Green left the club ‘shocked and rattled’.
Green, the only man to deliver a premiership to North Queensland, was found dead at his home in Brisbane on Thursday, with news of his passing sending shockwaves through Australia.
Taumololo is the only Cowboys player remaining who featured in that famous 2015 side and the club captain opened up on his side’s emotions following their defeat by the Roosters on Saturday.
Jason Taumalolo lifted the lid on the emotional turmoil at the Cowboys this week
‘It has been a big few days given what has happened, no real words really to express what has happened over the last few days,’ he said in the post-match press conference.
‘How it has affected people in the rugby league community, and families, I can’t imagine what Amanda and the kids are going through right now.
‘Everyone should have someone to talk to, regardless of how big or small the problem is, no one should have to carry around that pressure with them.
Club legend Paul Green was found dead at his home in Brisbane on Thursday morning
Green delivered the club’s first premiership, and Taumalolo was part of that great team
‘We have a tight-knit group and I know rugby league teams have their own little groups, I just hope that if anyone is going through something they have someone to talk to about any problems.’
Taumalolo added that it will ‘take some time to get over’ the devastation that has rocked everybody associated with the club.
‘I think everyone copes with loss and grief differently and yeah, I am not sure about any of the other boys but everyone is affected differently,’
‘I’d like to think we are a tight-knit group and we are able to talk to each other whether we are going through a tough time or something really difficult.
Taumalolo says that Green’s death has ‘shocked and rattled the club’ on a difficult week
‘But again, I think just what has happened has really shocked and rattled most of us and it is going to take some time to get over it.’
Coach Todd Payten said: ‘The club and the league have been great with the resources they have provided us as a group.
‘It is my job to make sure that we keep an eye out for each other, that everyone feels comfortable that they can go and see me or someone within the club to get some help.’
Both teams wore black armbands to remember Green during the game. The Roosters ran out 32-18 winners at the Sydney Cricket Ground.