Green defends Arrow approach, culture

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Paul Green knows he's left himself and Queensland open to State of Origin criticism and that only Wednesday night's performance can silence it.

The Maroons coach was blasted for his handling of Jai Arrow's camp exit after a COVID-19 bubble breach last week, refusing to take questions and instead leaving player Christian Welch to face the music.

Green's hopes of returning in the post next year had already taken a hit thanks to a combined 76-6 scoreline in his maiden campaign, leaving NSW on track to seal the most lopsided series triumph in history on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

Green explained on Monday that he had been advised not to comment on Arrow's exit after the backrower snuck a woman into their Gold Coast camp in a breach of the NRL's strict biosecurity protocols.

"Given Jai had been sanctioned we we thought the matter was closed but I was advised it wasn't, so I was told not to speak," Green said.

"He (Arrow) understands the risk to the game and the biosecurity bubble it was.

"It's unfortunate and not good enough, but Jai's put his hand up, has paid a heavy price, been sanctioned."

It continues a horror start for the NRL premiership-winning coach after injury, health scares and Ronaldo Mulitalo's eligibility dramas spoiled preparations earlier in the Origin series.

Questions have been asked of the side's culture, with Billy Slater - who Green beat to the job - floated as an option to replace him next year.

Assistant coach and former star player Johnathan Thurston has defended his old club coach though, while retired Maroons captain Cameron Smith believed it was still Green's job if he wants it next year.

"I'm not too sure whether we should be thinking about Bill (Slater) coaching next year either, I think QRL are in talks about extending Paul Green's job," Smith said on SEN.

"Really it's up to Greeny now whether he wants to coach again next year.

"I'm sure he has aspirations of coaching another NRL side, which then deems him unavailable to coach Queensland."

"If Bill (Slater) was to get the job I think he'd be a fantastic State of Origin coach."

Green said criticism of the side's culture "hurt" but was off the mark.

"The culture's been set for 40 years, not just the last two games I've been head coach," he said.

"But when you get the results that we've got so far you leave yourself open to be questioned in those areas.

"It's not nice to hear that stuff but the only way we can answer that is on Wednesday night."

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