Carl Webb Obituary – Death: Queensland State of Origin star died, Cause Of Death
Stay updated with the latest NRL news. The topics you choose will be included in My News. Former Queensland rugby league player Carl Webb has passed away. The former Broncos, Cowboys, and Eels forward lost his battle with motor neurone disease on Thursday night after a four-year struggle.
Webb, aged 42, was a formidable presence in rugby league, amassing 187 first-class caps during his remarkable career, including 12 appearances for Queensland and a test for Australia in 2008.
A close friend of Webb fondly remembered the powerful forward, who was scouted by the Broncos at the age of 15 in Dalby. “Carl was a force to be reckoned with—a sportsman reminiscent of Mike Tyson,” he shared.
Motor neurone disease is a progressive neurological disorder that impacts the cells controlling muscle activity, leading to difficulties in movement and, eventually, affecting the ability to breathe, speak, and swallow.
Webb’s courageous battle with the disease is believed to have concluded on Thursday night when he fell at his Dalby residence.
“Every day is a challenge,” Webb had shared in one of his last interviews in 2021. “I’m on a gradual decline.”
Born in Mt Isa, the 108kg second rower was a state boxing champion in his teens and played a significant role in one of the State of Origin’s iconic moments. On his Origin debut for Queensland in 2001, the 20-year-old Webb scored a spectacular try, weaving through multiple Blues players, inspiring the Maroons to a surprising victory over NSW at Suncorp Stadium under coach Wayne Bennett.
Two decades later, Webb resided in a specially adapted unit in Brisbane, just 4km from the Suncorp Stadium where he became a Queensland hero with his memorable performances.