BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Cooper Cronk of the Kangaroos looks on during the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between the Australian Kangaroos and Fiji at Suncorp Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Australian and Queensland Maroons halfback Cooper Cronk has called it a day, announcing his retirement from all representative football following Australia winning the World Cup against England.

Cronk informed Australian coach Mal Meninga and Maroons coach Kevin Walters during the week and broke the news to team-mates the night before the final against England.

“When I originally announced I was leaving Melbourne I thought it was going to be the end anyway,” Cronk said after his 38th and final Test match for the Kangaroos.

“I knew that Origin III was going to be my last game and I played as if it was my last.

“It wasn’t until the finals came around I felt like I still wanted to play and had the desire. Then when the Roosters offer came through after the final it just felt right.

“I was actually hopeful Thurston would be here so we could have a ticker tape parade for him and I could slip in underneath.

“Out of respect, I told Mal early on in the week this was going to be my last time. I rang Kevvie Walters on Friday afternoon before I told the group on Friday night.”

As to who will replace him in both the Australian and Queensland, there are a number of options including Anthony Milford, Michael Morgan, Cameron Munster, Ben Hunt, Corey Norman and Daly Cherry-Evans.

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But Cronk thinks one player has really stepped up in 2017 and deserves the first shot.


“There are a few five-eighths in the team that could transition into it,” Cronk said.

Michael Morgan has been a tremendous find and talent in the halfback role.”


  1. Doesn’t look good for the maroons. Half of their spine gone and the halves don’t look as great as they normally do with Thurston and Cronk. I mean if Cherry-Evans doesn’t get picked to be the number 7 next year you’d think his rep career is done. But based on form I think he is the right man for the job alongside Morgan. Future doesn’t look to good for the maroons in general, 20s, 18s and 16s are always getting pumped. Munster would be my utility on the bench tho, but other than that good news for blues fans! 😂😂😂💯 #BleedBlue

      • Walters would be dumb not to if DCE keeps up his form from this season. As a blues fan I’ve waited for this for a very long time 😂 no Cronk or JT is such a blessing haha in my opinion NSW have Qld in the forwards, backs are always even but Qlds normally step up and now the halves in my opinion, are even.

    • That’s true- although we all remember a time when Cronk got to lead a side around the park without Cameron Smith. It was a star studded side loaded with Origin and International stars- Folau, Inglis, Manu, Slater etc. They were spending $1.4m over the $3m cap at the time, yet got smacked 40-0 to record the biggest ever GF loss.

  2. Great for the Roosters, not so good for QLD.
    Congratulations on a great career and now its the Roosters turn to benefit from his obvious talent and professionalism..
    Bring on 2018

    • He has a obvious talent for signing dual contracts to cheat the salary cap and obtain personal benefit by deception. In most industries that might get you charged with some sort of criminal offence, at least get your employment terminated- but hey this is the NRL, let’s put him on a pedestal and declare him a future immortal. Cronk may be well spoken, he may be intelligent, he may prepare well for games- but strip all that back, and he is a cheat pure and simple- like Smith, Slater, Inglis, Folau who all participated in the rort.
      I didn’t expect much from the Roosters though- SBW performed the biggest dog act ever (pardon the pun) in walking out on Canterbury mid season, only for Politis to roll out the red carpet and welcome him back like a saint.

      • Mate the players jobs are to play football at the end of the day, not take care of the books. You put the blame on those players like it was their fault! It’s just poor management by the people in the front office, not the players.

        • That’s a cop out. If athletes get caught with banned drugs in their system they can’t blame the cheating on doctors, dietitians or anyone else- so why can they knowingly pick up a pen and sign 2 contracts of differing amounts and blame anyone else. You can cheat in different ways, Smith chose a pen. I wonder if you’d still feel the same if one of those illegally assembled Storm sides had beaten the Tigers in aGF?

  3. NSW vs QLD 2018 Backline
    Tedesco (1) Slater/Holmes
    T.Trbojevic (2) Holmes/Boyd
    Bird (3) Chambers
    Dugan (4) Munster
    Mansour (5) Gagai
    Maloney (6) Morgan
    Cleary (7) Hunt

  4. If Slater retires,

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