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Michael Purcell dead at 28: Rugby League mourns as Australian star dubbed ‘The Kangaroo Catcher’ dies in car crash

RUGBY LEAGUE star Michael Purcell has died at the age of 28.

The Australian star, known as “The Kangaroo Catcher”, was killed in a car crash on Sunday morning.


Rugby league star Michael Purcell has passed away aged 28Credit: Facebook

Purcell was a versatile winger and full-back who made a name for himself as a star player in Queensland rugby league.

The speedster, who earned his nickname after apparently keeping pace with a kangaroo, starred for clubs including Ipswich Jets and Brisbane Tigers.

In a total of 82 games, Purcell bagged 68 tries and 22 goals.

The star was then signed up by NRL giants Melbourne Storm last year.

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And he recently played for the Tigers at the Intrust Super Cup.

Tributes flooded in from those in Australian rugby league, with the Tigers tweeting: “We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of MIchael Purcell, also known as the Kangaroo…


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