78. Steve Rogers

Steve Rogers was a brilliant and stylish centre who was credited with having one of the best defensive techniques in the game.

With the ball in hand he was magical; he had speed and brilliant footwork and comparisons with Reg Gasnier were inevitable.

Perhaps the great tribute that could be given to Rogers is that he lived up to that comparison. Mick Cronin and Rod Reddy both used the same phrase to describe their former Test team-mate: ''the complete player''.

Rogers announced himself as a teenage centre of precocious talents in his first season with Cronulla, and 11 seasons later he produced a superb performance in the preliminary final, as a five-eighth with St George.

He played in the 1973 grand final at 18 and was selected to tour with the Kangaroos the same season.

It was the first of three tours with the Kangaroos, culminating in the undefeated march through England and France with the Invincibles of 1982.

Rogers played in the landmark first State of Origin match in 1980.

His all-round talents included a prodigious goal-kicking ability and he died in 2006 with his Cronulla point-scoring record of 1,253 points intact.

He led the Sharks in the 1978 grand final and grand final replay, won the Rothmans Medal in 1975 and was named Dally M player of the year in 1981.

Position: Centre.

Clubs: Southport 1971–72; Cronulla 1973–82, 1985; St George 1983–84; Widnes 1985–86.

Club landmarks: Holds Cronulla point-scoring record (1253 points).

Games for NSW: 20 (1973–82; includes four State of Origins 1980–82).

Tests for Australia: 21 (1978–83) — two as captain.

World Cup matches: Three (1975–77).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1973, 1978, 1982; World Series 1975, 1977.