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Paul Green cause of death – last photo on footy field at State of Origin

Paul Green’s incredible last photo as coach shows him beaming and hugging his top players – despite losing State of Origin

  • Green’s last time coaching footy was during last year’s State of Origin series
  • The former halfback died in his home in Brisbane on Thursday at the age of 49

Emotional photos show the last time Paul Green worked as a professional footy coach, beaming and hugging his players – as the footy world mourns his shock death. 

The former Maroons and Queensland Cowboys coach died at his home in Brisbane on Thursday aged just 49.

Green’s last time coaching was during last year’s State of Origin, when his Queensland side lost the series 2-1.

Photos taken from the night show Green grinning as he wrapped his arms around captain Daly Cherry-Evans after sealing victory in the dead rubber.

Emotional photos from Paul Green’s final stint as a footy coach show the beloved NRL figure beaming and hugging his top players – as the sporting world mourns his shock death

A beaming Green is seen during Queensland's win over NSW in last year's final State of Origin round

A beaming Green is seen during Queensland’s win over NSW in last year’s final State of Origin round

Green was with the Maroons for just one year. His contract wasn’t renewed after their 2021 campaign as he wanted to pursue a head NRL coaching role.

‘After much consultation and discussion post the Origin series, both the QRL and I have decided to move in different directions,’ Green said at the time.

‘The basis for this is simple – the QRL wants to ensure that they have certainty around the Origin coach not wanting to pursue an NRL head coach job, and whilst I could give them that certainty for the 2021 series, I cannot guarantee that this would be the case in the future.’

Green said it was ‘every Queenslander’s dream’ to coach the Maroons. 

He was linked to Wests Tigers at the end of last season and was expected to take on a role at the Dolphins for their first season in the league next year.

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Paul Green’s career in rugby league


  • Played 162 first grade games
  • Moved from Brisbane to join Cronulla in 1994, played 95 games for the Sharks
  • Joined the Cowboys in 1999, chalked up 35 appearances
  • Signed with the Roosters where he played 20 games from 2001-2002
  • Joined Parramatta in 2003 playing seven matches
  • Finished his career at the Broncos with five games
  • Represented Queensland in seven Origin games
  • Represented Australia and Queensland in the Super League in late 1990s


  • Head coach of the North Queensland Cowboys for 167 games (2014-2020), winning a premiership in 2015
  • Head coach of Queensland in 2021 State of Origin series