Rugby league community in mourning as rising talent loses his life

Francis Mosby

It is the story that as a rugby league fan, you never want to hear – but unfortunately, the rugby league community in Cairns has been faced with just that. A death.

It leaves the Northern Pride Rugby League club and the entire Cairns community in mourning, after young talent Francis Mosby, aged just 19 – was killed in a car accident, after the vehicle he was travelling in rolled on the road just North of Mt Molloy, at around 3pm yesterday.

“It’s an absolute tragedy and the club is rallying around Francis’ family,” a Pride spokesman said last night.

“Everyone at the club is heartbroken.”

Cameron Miller, a former assistant at the Pride, was also in the vehicle with Mosby, and he was taken to hospital with injuries that police said were not life-threatening.

Mosby was flown to the Cairns Base Hospital, but died at the hospital due to his injuries, despite undergoing surgery.

Mosby, who was a Thursday Island native, moved to Cairns in 2009, to become part of the Pride’s inaugural academy squad – and he was set to line up for the Edmonton Storm in the Cairns District Rugby League last night.

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