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Nicho Hynes' heartfelt message to NRL fans following the tragic death of Paul Green

Max Sherry

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Nicho Hynes' heartfelt message to NRL fans following the tragic death of Paul Green

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The NRL community is hurting following the sudden passing of Paul Green so Nicho Hynes used his opportunity to send out a positive message to everyone.

Former premiership-winning coach Green sadly took his own life last week, sparking an outpouring of tributes and testimonies to the great man.

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Everyone, including Green's family as well as his former teammates and colleagues, were in bits when news of his death broke.

In the wake of the truly awful news, Cronulla Sharks halfback Hynes used his platform to make a passionate plea to the NRL community to do more to support each other whenever we're feeling low.

"Can I just give a quick shoutout to Paul Green's family, all of us here at the Sharks are thinking of you - he was an important part of this club, I just want to pay my respects, send our condolences to you guys, we're thinking of you," Hynes told Fox Sports after his victory over Wests Tigers.

"R U OK Day is every year, it's coming up soon - but I think we need an R U OK day every single day of the year.

"We need to think about it a bit more, and spread the message of mental health - it's such an important thing at the moment."

Before each match in Round 22, every club paid their respects to Green with a minute's silence.

The fixture between the Sydney Roosters and North Queensland Cowboys was particularly emotional, given the fact that Green had ties with both clubs.

Green also played 95 games for the Sharks during the 90s.

Speaking after the loss to Cronulla, Tigers captain James Tamou - who was a key figure in Green's premiership-winning Cowboys team of 2015 - spoke of his former coach's passing.

"It's been quite a weight, with what's happened - but Noddy (Tigers coach Brett Kimmorley), the boys, the Tigers organisation, they've made sure I was alright," Tamou said.

"It's just sad, a sad time. It's awful. The coaches came together and we had a conversation about it, that took a bit of weight off but it's just a scary thing to think about - when someone can be so high on life with everything going, everything they've achieved, and family, and still be fighting some demons.

"It's just a scary thing and I know the NRL are taking the right steps to make sure people can seek help."

Topics: Australia, NRL, Rugby League

Max Sherry
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