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The rugby league world pays tribute to Paul Green — as it happened

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Green’s legacy as the first coach to take the Cowboys to premiership glory would follow him even as he farewelled the club in 2020.

With two grand finals and a long-awaited trophy under his belt, the question was always going to be ‘what’s next?’

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For Green, it was the Broncos.

The powerhouse club had let Anthony Seibold go, and for many, Green was the natural man to step into the seat. Experienced, respected, and a Broncos Old Boy to boot.

And while his interview was reportedly exceptional, Kevin Walters stood fair and square in his way.

“Look, I was disappointed to miss out on the Broncos,” he told The Courier-Mail’s Peter Badel.

“But I knew the situation I was walking into. I knew what ‘Kevvie’ brought to the job and I knew what I brought to the job.

“There’s no ill-feeling at all towards the Broncos at all.”

Instead, Green would take the head coach role at the Maroons, in what would be a transition period between the old and the new as the rep team moved from Wayne Bennett, to Green, and eventually to Billy Slater.

It was a brutal result, with a dominant Blues outfit getting the job done in the first two games.

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Green would however go on to claim Origin III, and mark himself in the record books as one of only 13 men to coach the mighty Maroons.

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