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Hynes' heartwarming gesture after receiving inaugural honour

Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks halfback Nicho Hynes has reaffirmed his reputation as one of the nicest games in Rugby League following a heartwarming gesture after the club’s 44-6 win over North Queensland Cowboys at PointsBet Stadium on Thursday night.

Both clubs were also playing for the inaugural Paul Green Medal to honour the former NRL player and coach who tragically took his own life in August last year. Green had played for both clubs before coaching the Cowboys to their first premiership in 2015.

After Hynes was named the inaugural winner of the Paul Green Medal for his performance that included a try, nine goals, a line break assist, a try assist, 696 kick metres and 145 run metres, he presented it and his game jersey to Green’s children, Emerson and Jed, in the sheds after the game.

He also acknowledged Green’s family and the contribution Green had made to both clubs after being presented with the medal on the field by Sharks coach Craig Fitzgibbon.

“Paul Green, player 290; he’s an integral part of this club, both clubs,” Hynes said.

“It is an absolute honour to be able to receive this award for the first time.

“It is a crazy feeling right now, because I know how much he means to everyone here.

“Everyone, make sure we all check in on each other because you never know what is going on.”

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