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Roosters legend Bryan Fletcher has shared an iconic memory of his late teammate Paul Green, revealing the former half was a loveable larrikin off the field who started an NRL grand final tradition.
Green is understood to have taken his own life at his Brisbane home on Thursday morning, devastating the rugby league community.
New South Wales second-rower Bryan Fletcher tackles Paul Green of Queensland during the third state of origin in 2001
In a touching tribute to the 49-year-old, Fletcher, who played 125 games for the tricolours, told Fox League that Green had a cracking sense of humour and wit.
Even in the Roosters 2002 premiership year under coach Ricky Stuart, Green took control of club camaraderie as he was sidelined with a season-ending knee injury.
'Having him around – if we had a drink he was the first one to organise it. I think he took it upon himself as a role,' Fletcher said.
Green passes the ball as halfback for the Roosters during round 15 in 2001. He played 19 games that season, scoring six tries
In April, the Chooks celebrated the 20th anniversary of that grand final success, with Green making a late entrance to the party after