The who’s who of NRL arrive to bid farewell to Paul Green at the footy legend’s funeral following his tragic death aged just 49
- Star is seen off at his junior club’s home ground in East Brisbane
- A Who’s Who of the NRL pays their respects to the giant of the game
- Competitors include Cowboys stars who won the 2015 Grand Final under Green
Dark clouds hung over the Wynnum Manly Leagues club in Brisbane as mourners arrived for the memorial service for NRL great Paul Green on Tuesday morning.
The 49-year-old manager was found unresponsive at his home in Wynnum, east Brisbane on August 11. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. He was 49.
Mourners, who arrived early for the service, included Brisbane Broncos champions Shane Webcke and Andrew Gee, and former North Queensland Cowboys boss and current Newcastle Knights football manager Peter Parr.
The Cowboys sent a delegation that included star players Jason Taumalolo, Kyle Feldt and Jake Granville, who won the 2015 NRL Grand Final under Green’s coaching.
North Queensland stars (left to right) Jake Granville, Jason Taumalolo and Kyle Feldt arrive at the funeral. They all won the 2015 Grand Final under Green’s coaching
Brisbane Broncos legend and Greens good friend Allan Langer arrives at the home of the late coach’s junior team, Wynnum, in east Brisbane
Mourners were greeted by a portrait of Green flanked by Queensland and Cowboys jerseys. During his distinguished career, he played and coached for both teams
The club’s manager Todd Payten was also among the first to arrive, along with Broncos legend Allan Langer, current Brisbane boss Ben Ikin and Sydney Roosters manager Trent Robinson.
Autographed Queensland and Cowboys jerseys were placed on either side of a black and white portrait of Green for the ceremony. During his distinguished career, he played and coached for both teams.
Green played for Wynnum Manly from juniors until he made it to first grade and won two Premierships as manager of the Seagulls.
Broncos greats Shane Webcke (left, arms crossed) and Andrew Gee (center) join the proceedings and await the arrival of other mourners
Brisbane Football Chief Ben Ikin was among a host of past and present football stars who came to pay their respects
During his storied playing career, the little halfback played 162 NRL matches, mostly for Cronulla, as well as 10 matches for Queensland and three Tests for Australia.
He also received the Rothmans Medal (now known as Dally M) for the league’s best player in 1995, although it was only his second season at the top level.
After the private service, a public memorial service will be held on the field at the team’s home stadium, Kougari Oval.
Green is survived by his wife Amanda and children Jed and Emerson.
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