NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 06: Paul Gallen, Cooper Cronk and Johnathan Thurston of the Kangaroos sing the national anthem during the International Rugby League Trans Tasman Test match between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand Kiwis at Hunter Stadium on May 6, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

As Queensland and Australia’s greatest generation begins to contemplate walking off into the sunset, Cooper Cronk insists he’ll be around for years to come.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters and his Australian counterpart Mal Meninga face an unprecedented changing of the guard over the next two years with Johnathan Thurston, Cameron Smith and Greg Inglis weighing up retirement plans.

Their departures will leave a massive hole in both their state and national sides however it’s a situation eased by the co-Dally M winner’s declaration he wasn’t contemplating hanging up the boots anytime soon.


  1. 2 more years for him! Ash Taylor providing he retains form to replace him. Nathan Cleary in a few years would also fit the mould. I think Michael Morgan will replace Thurston. Fullback should be Tedesco

  2. Come 2020 I’d imagine the Kangaroos side would look something like this:

    1. Josh Dugan
    2. Josh Mansour
    3. Jarrod Croker (GK)
    4. Blake Ferguson
    5. Valentine Holmes
    6. Michael Morgan (C)
    7. Ashley Taylor
    8. Aaron Woods
    9. Nathan Peats
    10. Andrew Fifita
    11. Matt Gillett
    12. Josh Pappalli
    13. Boyd Cordner
    14. Corey Norman
    15. Tyson Frizzell
    16. Dylan Napa
    17. David Klemmer

  3. 1. Ponga
    2. Mansour
    3. Crocker
    4. Bird
    5. Holmes
    6. Morgan
    7. Taylor/Cleary/Sezer
    8. Napa
    9. Peats
    10. Woods
    11. Gillett
    12. Graham
    13. JTubro

    14. Milford
    15. Pappali
    16. Fifita
    17. Klemmer

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