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.
“Itâ€™s an absolute tragedy and the club is rallying around Francisâ€™ 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.