Paul Green rejects Maroons coach offer

After receiving interest from Queensland Rugby League to replace Mal Meninga as the Queensland State of Origin coach, Paul Green has rejected the job and says he will concentrate solely on coaching the North Queensland Cowboys in 2016

Green says that while coaching the maroons remains a  career goal, right now wasn’t the right timing.

“I am extremely flattered by the QRL’s interest in me coaching the Maroons. I’m humbled by the overtures and coaching the Maroons is something I am hugely passionate about,” said Green, who played seven Origin games for Queensland from 1999-2001.


“I’ve decided to concentrate on coaching the Cowboys in season 2016, putting all my energies into having another successful season.

“I want to thank everyone who has supported me through this process, however the timing around coaching State of Origin next year just wasn’t quite right, and from a personal point of view, the decision that I’ve made will be the best thing for all parties next year.”

QRL Managing Director Robert Moore said he understood Green’s position and wished him well for the upcoming 2016 NRL season.

“We respect and support Paul’s decision to concentrate on the Cowboys as the club prepares for its premiership defence,” Moore said.

“The QRL understands the enormous public interest surrounding the appointment of Mal’s successor and will continue with the process. However, it’s unlikely that we’ll have a decision until the New Year.”