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North Queensland Cowboys and Leeds Rhinos to honour Graham Murray in World Club Challenge

The man of the match in the World Club Challenge in 2016 will receive the Graham Murray Medal, Leeds Rhinos have announced.

Murray, who coached Leeds Rhinos in 1998-99 and then the North Queensland Cowboys from 2002-08, will be remembered through the award when the teams meet at Headingley on February 21. 

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Speaking on the club's official website, Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington was full of praise for the man who delivered a Challenge Cup victory to the Yorkshire club. 

"This is a fitting tribute to Graham Murray who was such a popular coach at both clubs. His wife Amanda will be over from Brisbane for the game to present the medal to the Man of the Match which will be judged by the assembled press," he said.

The former Rabbitohs and Eels player passed away at age 58 in 2013. Both Amanda and Murray's daughter Cara will be guests of honour at the game, with his wife very pleased with the gesture.

"I am delighted to have accepted the invitation from Gary Hetherington to attend the World Club Challenge between two sides that meant so much to Graham. It will be such a thrill for myself and my daughter Cara to be at the game and share this special occasion and we are thankful that Graham will be honoured and remembered in this way."

Murray coached in two NRL grand finals, with the Roosters in the year 2000 and the Cowboys in 2005. He also coached the NSW Blues in 2006 and 2007 and the Australian women's team, the Jillaroos, who later dedicated their 2013 World Cup victory to him.