Former NRL Player Carl Webb Dies at 42


Former Queensland and Australian rugby league forward Carl Webb, known for his aggressive playing style, has passed away at the age of 42 after battling motor neurone disease. His death has prompted tributes from former teammates and league officials.

Career in NRL and Representing Queensland

Carl Webb, a former Queensland and Australian rugby league forward, passed away at the age of 42 after battling motor neurone disease. He played for NRL teams, including the Broncos, Cowboys, and Eels. Webb became known for his aggressive playing style and represented the Maroons in State of Origin between 2001 and 2008. He also played one Test for the Kangaroos and earned caps for the Indigenous All Stars.

Diagnosis and Legacy

Webb was diagnosed with motor neurone disease four years ago, and his passing prompted an outpouring of tributes from former teammates, club officials, and league authorities. North Queensland announced that matches against Brisbane in 2024 will be played in tribute to Webb’s life and career. The Broncos coach Kevin Walters and ARLC chairman Peter V’landys, among others, paid heartfelt tributes to Webb for his impactful presence both on and off the field.

Tributes from Former Teammates and League Officials

Former teammates and league officials paid tribute to Webb, emphasizing his unwavering intensity on the field and his admirable courage in the face of MND. Cowboys CEO Jeff Reibel and Broncos coach Kevin Walters highlighted Webb’s impact on their respective clubs, while Queensland Rugby League CEO Ben Ikin praised Webb’s bravery and on-field contributions to the Maroons.

Legacy and Contributions to Rugby League

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys and others acknowledged Webb’s tremendous contributions to rugby league, both as a fierce competitor and a courageous individual following his diagnosis with MND. Webb’s powerful playing style and significant presence within the league were remembered with admiration and respect by those who knew him both on and off the field.

Motor Neurone Disease and Its Impact

Motor neurone disease (MND) affects nerve cells that control muscle movements, leading to symptoms such as muscle weakness and difficulty with voluntary movements. MND has no known cure, and in the majority of cases, the cause is unknown. Despite being life-shortening, timely treatments and a team-based approach can help individuals with MND live better for longer.