An archive photo of Paul Green passing the ball for Cronulla during a match in 1996.

Paul Green fondly remembered by Cronulla and Queensland teammate Mat Rogers

A shocked Mat Rogers says his former rugby league teammate, Paul Green, will be remembered as an “incredible competitor” who never took a backward step.

The rugby league world is in mourning following the sudden death of 49-year-old Green, who represented Queensland in State of Origin and was a premiership-winning coach.

Rogers spent the past weekend in Sydney with Green at a Cronulla players reunion, with the pair having been teammates at the Sharks for three seasons since 1995.

They were roommates in the Queensland Super League representative team in 1997, before spending two years together in the Maroons State of Origin side.

Paul Green represented Queensland in State of Origin.(Getty Images: Darren England)

Green later enjoyed a successful coaching career, guiding North Queensland to its first NRL premiership in 2015.

Rogers said he and Green played golf and then sat next to each other to watch the Sharks beat St George Illawarra on Saturday night.


“It was great — we played golf on Friday together and spent time at the reunion together,” Rogers said.

“He was telling me about the new boat he’d just bought for the family and I was looking forward to going for a ride.

“I can’t believe he’s gone… it makes me appreciate that time I got to spend with him.”

Rogers said half-back Green — who stood at just 167 centimeters tall — played well above his diminutive size.