SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 11: Robbie Farah of the Rabbitohs warms up before the NRL trial match between the Manly Sea Eagles and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Campbelltown Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Seeing your favourite player pull on a rival teams jersey seems just downright wrong and weird.

It’s not uncommon for many of the games great players to swap clubs in search for bigger and better opportunities, with some of them paying off, and others not so much.

Like seeing Cooper Cronk in anything other than purple, or Canberra Raiders legend Ricky Stuart in a Bulldogs jersey.

It just looked weird!

We’re here to take you on a trip down memory lane to look at some of the games longest-serving stars don the strangest jerseys.


Cooper Cronk

Let’s start with the latest big one, Cooper Cronk joining the Sydney Roosters.

Cronk made his debut for the Melbourne Storm in 2004 where he played 14 seasons in the purple jersey and forming a formidable combination with Cameron Smith and Billy Slater.

After deciding to make the move to Sydney to be closer to his wife Tara Rushton, Cronk join the Roosters on a two-year deal.

It took almost all of the 2018 season to get used to seeing the star halfback in red, white and blue, but the move paid off in the end as he helped the tricolours claim the 2018 premiership.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 30: Cooper Cronk of the Roosters yells instructions during the 2018 NRL Grand Final match between the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on September 30, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


  1. “NRL players in unfamiliar jerseys”, and I’d add, sometimes it’s because they’ve changed clubs.
    I’ll admit I’m a bit of a traditionalist, but having said that, the jerseys / colours etc seem to change so often, and by so much at some clubs, even during the season, that you need to recognise the players in order to determine what clubs are actually playing on any given day.

    • The Rabbitohs never change that much, sure there has been a variation in the early 80s to the Minties Jersey for a few seasons to raise revenue as the club was pretty broke and also in the late 90s with a variation with the socks and shorts also for Merchandise sales at that time but on the whole over the 110 years, we still have the same Myrtle Jumpers with the Cardinal Hoops from our 1908 season.

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