News, Culture & Society

NRL in shock as premiership-winning coach Paul Green dies aged just 49 after legendary career

Australian sporting world in shock as legendary NRL player and coach Paul Green dies aged just 49 – as devastated friends say he showed NO signs of sickness

Legendary NRL figure Paul Green, who won the 2015 premiership as coach of the North Queensland Cowboys, has died at his Brisbane home on Thursday aged just 49.

The death of the former halfback – who took out one of the sport’s highest awards as a player when he collected the Rothmans Medal in 1995 – has thrown the footy world into shock and mourning.

A post-mortem will be carried out to determine his cause of death. Those close to the ex-Cronulla Sharks star are devastated and say there was no indication he was ill.

Green was a star as both a player and coach, taking out one of the game’s highest honours when he won the Rothmans Medal in 1995 and winning the 2015 NRL grand final with the North Queensland Cowboys

Green quit as the Cowboys’ coach in 2020 but was still highly rated in the league and was due to be an assistant to Wayne Bennett with the Dolphins next year.

More to come…