Rugby league in Queensland was rocked after one of Queensland’s stars was tragically killed in a car crash at the age of 28.
Michael Purcell sadly lost his life on Sunday morning after a car accident in Brisbane.
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The star winger fullback has scored 68 tries and 22 goals in a total of 82 appearances for the Ipswich Jets and Brisbane Tigers.
Purcell, nicknamed the ‘Kangaroo Catcher’ because he was once said to have cornered a kangaroo during a race, was one of Queensland’s fastest runners.
His outstanding ability on the field saw him sign an NRL contract with the Melbourne Storm last year.
He joined the Storm for pre-season training before returning to Queensland to play for Brisbane Tigers in the Intrust Supercup.
His death has rocked the rugby league community, with tributes pouring in after Sunday’s tragic crash.
“I am devastated. I am very sad,” said Ben Walker. home deliveryPurcell’s former coach with the Ipswich Jets in the Queensland Cup
“He was a really talented kid and definitely had the ability to play NRL.
“We had information that this kid was playing in reserve grade. His nickname was ‘Kangaroo Catcher.’ Because he talks so fast and he once chased a kangaroo while running cross-country in the woods.
“We signed him with the Ipswich Jets and he ended up scoring 66 tries in 71 games. He had incredible speed.”
Michael Purcell dies in car crash: Ipliwich Jets and Brisbane Tigers
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