(PAA)

Paul Green was a halfback during his playing days, renowned for his tenacity and intelligence. Think a slightly less decorated Ben Hunt.

He came as a first year just when rugby league in Australia was having a seismic split in the form of the Super League war in the mid-90s.

Playing for Cronulla at the time, Green led the Sharks to the 1997 Super League Grand Final, where they lost to the Broncos. He also played in the Australian Anzac Test against New Zealand that year.

When the leagues reformed as the National Rugby League 1998, he made his State of Origin debut for Queensland a year later, given the difficult task of playing in the seven for a drifting Maroons side after the departure of Alfie Langer.

After ending his playing career in Brisbane in 2004, Green immediately moved into an assistant position with the Broncos and appeared in the Queensland Cup with Wynnum Manly, before leading the Roosters Under-20s to the preliminary final in 2013.

He got his first NRL head coaching job the following year when he succeeded Neil Henry at the North Queensland Cowboys.

In 2015, he led them to a famous victory over Brisbane in the grand final of the club’s first premiership, and guided them to a runners-up finish in 2017.

After leaving the club in 2020, he coached the Maroons for the 2021 State of Origin series.