'Horrible news': State of Origin great's tragic diagnosis at age 38

Former Maroons forward Carl Webb has been diagnosed with Motor neurone disease. Pic: Getty

Support from the rugby league community is pouring in after news Maroons legend Carl Webb has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

The former State of Origin forward played 187 NRL games for Brisbane, North Queensland and Parramatta, as well as one Test for Australia and 15 times for Queensland.

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The Queensland Rugby League's Men of League Foundation announced on Thursday they were assisting the 38-year-old Webb to battle the irreversible disease that attacks the nervous system.

News of the sad development for the former hard-hitting forward has left the rugby league community shattered.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media for the 38-year-old.

English league great also battling MND

Webb’s sad situation comes after English rugby league great Rob Burrow also announced he’d been diagnosed with MND at the age of 37.

Burrow, who at 165cm was the smallest player in Super League, retired after winning his eighth grand final at the end of the 2017 season - having played almost 500 games for Leeds Rhinos.

The 37-year-old father-of-three spent his entire career at Leeds, making 492 appearances, and also won 15 caps for England and five for Great Britain.

"Regrettably, I am confirming that I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease," Burrow said in December last year.

"I would like to thank everyone for the support I have received already since being given my diagnosis.

"I know I have a big challenge in front of me but knowing that I have the love and support of so many people will give me inspiration and strength.

"I am very positive about the situation and intend to battle the condition as I still feel fit and well.

South African rugby union legend Joost van der Westhuizen passed away in 2017 after being diagnosed with the degenerative condition.

AFL great Neale Daniher is another whose battle with MND has been well publicised after being diagnosed with the disease in 2013.

The 59-year-old has been a driving force behind the Big Freeze, tirelessly raising funds for FightMND foundation.

With AAP