Maroons great Carl Webb diagnosed with early-onset motor neurone disease, aged 38

Maroons great Carl Webb has been diagnosed with early-onset motor neurone disease at the age of 38.

The State of Origin side announced the news on Thursday morning. He played for Queensland 15 times.

Carl Webb after scoring a try for the Maroons at Suncorp Stadium in 2006.Credit:Getty

The Queensland Rugby League's Men of League Foundation announced it was assisting Webb after his diagnosis.

The Mount Isa-born forward played a total of 187 NRL games with the Brisbane Broncos, North Queensland Cowboys and Parramatta Eels, as well as one Test for Australia against New Zealand in 2008.

The news rocked the NRL community, with many fans sending messages of support on social media.

The disease progressively damages parts of the nervous system which leads to muscle weakness. The condition is irreversible and its causes are unknown.

In December last year, English rugby league legend Rob Burrow announced his MND diagnosis at the age of 37.

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