A shocked Matt Rogers says his former rugby league teammate Paul Green will be remembered as an “incredible competitor” who never backed down.
- Matt Rogers spent time with Paul Greene last weekend
- The pair played together at Cronulla and Queensland
- he described Greene as “a really nice guy”
Rugby world mourning after Green’s sudden death at 49He was a premiership-winning coach representing Queensland in his home state.
Rodgers attended a reunion of Green and Cronulla players in Sydney last weekend, the two having been teammates with the Sharks for three seasons since 1995.
They spent two years together in the Maroons State of Origin side after being roommates in the Queensland Super League national team in 1997.
Green has since gone on to a successful coaching career, leading North Queensland to their first ever NRL Premiership in 2015.
Rogers said he and Green sat next to each other after playing golf to watch the sharks beat the St George Illawarra on Saturday night.
“It was great. We played golf together on Fridays and spent time together at the reunion,” Rogers said.
“He was talking about the new boat he had just bought for his family and I was looking forward to riding it.
“I can’t believe he’s gone…I’m grateful for the time I got to spend with him.”
According to Rodgers, the halfback Green, who was only 167 centimeters tall, played well beyond his diminutive stature.
“We played together for years and he was an incredible competitor,” said Rogers.
“He had nothing. He never backed down.”
Rodgers said Green was a sounding board for him when he recently launched his new player management business, and the father of two was also an ear for others who needed advice.
“He helped a lot of our young players,” said Rodgers. “I know other players have had problems, even outside of football. rice field.
“He’s just a loved one and a really nice guy.”
Rodgers said Green had ambitions to return to coaching with the NRL after working with the Cowboys midway through the 2020 season.
He was associated with an assistant position with the NRL newcomers Dolphins, as well as other head coaching roles.
“He had great ambitions to continue on the NRL path,” said Rogers.
“He has proven to be a great coach and he still had a lot of years left at that level but unfortunately we will never see that.This is really sad. That’s it.”
Another former Shark teammate, Martin Lang, paid tribute to Green on Twitter.
“This is very sad. Paul was a good friend. In 1993 we moved to Sydney together… the beginning of an outstanding NRL playing/coaching career,” Lang wrote.
“My heartfelt condolences to Paul’s wife, children and dear mother and father.
“Rest in peace.”
Green played for the East Tigers (now the Brisbane Tigers) in what was then the Brisbane Rugby League before joining the Sharks in 1994.
He won the Rothmans Medal (NSWRL/ARL’s Best and Fairest Award) in 1995 and was part of the Sharks who reached the Super League Grand Final two years later.
Green represented Australia during the 1997 Super League only season.
After leaving the Sharks after his first NRL season in 1998, Green played for North Queensland, the Sydney Roosters, Parramatta and the Brisbane Broncos before retiring in 2004.
Green then took a coaching job and won back-to-back Queensland Cup titles at Wynham Manly in 2011 and 2012.
He joined the Roosters’ Trent Robinson’s coaching staff for the 2013 premiership season, replacing Neil Henry as the Cowboys’ head coach the following year.
Green coached Queensland in the 2021 State of Origin series, losing 2–1 to NSW.
Paul Green fondly remembered by Cronulla and Queensland teammate Matt Rogers
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