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Tuesday, January 03, 2006


Other Unions / Teams: Matt Rogers' father found dead

Sydney - Former Australia rugby league captain Steve Rogers was found
dead in his Sydney apartment, his club said on Tuesday.

Rogers, 51, was general manager at National Rugby League club Cronulla
Sharks, based in Sydney's southern outskirts, and father of dual rugby
league and rugby union international Mat Rogers.

Sharks football manager Greg Pierce said the news had shocked the club.

"He's been away on holidays in Europe ... and was due back at work on
Monday. It's quite unbelievable the fact that he won't be there," Pierce
was quoted saying.

No cause of death was immediately released, although police said there
were no suspicious circumstances.

A talented center, Rogers played 202 games for Cronulla between 1973 and
1982 an in 1985 and 29 matches for St. George in '83-84.

He scored 1 253 points for Cronulla, including 82 tries and 502 goals.

After gaining selection for his first international tour at 18, he went
on three Kangaroo tours and played 21 test matches for Australia.

Australian Rugby League chairperson Colin Love said Rogers was 'one of
the great champions of the game."

"His death at 51 is first and foremost a human tragedy - but it's such a
tragedy too for rugby league and for Australian sport," Love said in a
statement. "Players of such talent come along very rarely in any game
-and ours will remember him as one of the greats.

"Notwithstanding his pure qualities as a footballer he will be
remembered as much for the manner in which he played the game - always
cleanly and fairly and in the true spirit of sportsmanship."

Mat Rogers, who was due to rejoin the New South Wales Waratahs on
Wednesday to prepare for the 2006 Super 14 competition, has been given
compassionate leave by the Sydney franchise.

Well, at least he had seen his son makes some real outstanding moves- both for league & Union.

I wonder how he felt when mat joined Union.

BTW- it was reported that the heat in Sydney was quite vicious yesterday 43 degrees
Sad news. Terrible time of year for it to happen.

Condolences to the Rogers family.
Testing to see if I can get in  
That Photo was of Matt, not the Dad,

No, it's not, Patrick.

It's of the young Steve.
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