NRL: Cowboys fans provide stirring tribute for Paul Green in first home game since his death

Cowboys fans provide stirring tribute for Paul Green as supporters lead 15th minute ovation – a nod to his 2015 premiership triumph – in their first home game his death that shocked the NRL

  • Cowboys fans provided a stirring tribute to Paul Green on Friday night 
  • The club were rocked after the premiership-winning coach died aged 49 
  • Green led North Queensland to their first and only premiership in 2015
  • Supporters led an ovation for the former coach on the 15th minute in Townsville 

The North Queensland Cowboys came together on Friday night to give Paul Green an emotional send off eight days after the premiership-winning coach’s shock death.

Green, 49, was found dead at his Brisbane home last week in news that sent shockwaves through the footy world, with the former Cowboys coach a beloved figure in the sport.

The former Broncos and Cronulla star is the only man to have brought the premiership back to Townsville, helping the club to a famous grand final victory back in 2015.

And on Friday night, the Cowboys paid tribute to their beloved former coach in what was the club’s first home game since his passing.

There was a minute’s silence before kick off against the Warriors and players wore black armbands to commemorate Green.

But the roof was blown off Country Bank Stadium when fans gave a stirring round of applause for the 49-year-old in the 15th minute of the match – in a clear nod to the 2015 triumph.

On Thursday, his heartbroken family announced they have donated his brain to science in a bid to discover if he was suffering from a deadly concussion-related disease.

The Green family posted the following message on the Sports Brain Bank website, with a goal of raising up to $150,000 for research. 

‘In memory of our beloved Paul, we ask that you support the pioneering work of the Australian Sports Brain Bank,’ it read.

‘Paul was known for always looking out for others. We are proud that part of his legacy will be looking out for the brain health of all others involved in the game that he loved. Amanda, Emerson and Jed.’

Green had recently been in discussions with the NRL’s 17th franchise, the Dolphins, to join Wayne Bennett as a member of his coaching staff next year.

He also coached the Queensland State of Origin team in 2021.

Green won the Rothmans Medal with the Sharks in 1995 and many believe if he wasn’t injured, may have piloted the Roosters to the 2002 premiership at halfback.