Then coach Graham Murray watches his Blues train during the 2007 State of Origin series.
Then coach Graham Murray watches his Blues train during the 2007 State of Origin series.

Code mourns death of coaching great

RUGBY LEAGUE: Tributes have flowed for former New South Wales State of Origin, NRL and English Super League coach Graham Murray, who died in hospital on Sunday night aged 58.

Murray had been in ill health for some time and was hospitalised in Brisbane after a suspected heart attack earlier this month, but never fully recovered.

He coached North Queensland and the Sydney Roosters in the NRL and led the NSW Origin side in 2006 and 2007.

He also coached the Leeds Rhinos in England, the Hunter Mariners in Australia's Super League and the Illawarra Steelers in the NSW Rugby League.

He also played at the top level for both Parramatta and South Sydney.

ARL Commission chairman John Grant led rugby league's tributes, saying Murray's death was a "tragedy".

"Graham was just a wonderful human being who was deeply respected across the game," Grant said in a statement.

A host of NRL players also expressed their sadness.

Knights utility Kurt Gidley tweeted: "Rest In Peace Graham Murray. He was a champion fella with a great sense of humour! He'll be sadly missed. Good on ya Muz."



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