Cronk backs Reynolds for Blues job

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    Australia’s leading halfback Cooper Cronk says South Sydney’s Adam Reynolds has the ability to seize the NSW State of Origin jersey with a standout performance in next month’s All Stars game.

    The 22-year-old was voted into the NRL All Stars’ No.7 jersey for the annual clash against the Indigenous All Stars in Brisbane on February 9, with Test, Queensland and Melbourne halfback Cronk one of Wayne Bennett’s coach’s selections on the bench.

    Reynolds, the 2012 NRL rookie of the year, was integral in steering Souths to last year’s grand-final qualifier against Canterbury, where their season collapsed after he suffered a hamstring injury just before halftime.

    Sydney Roosters’ Mitchell Pearce is the incumbent NSW halfback but he and Cronulla’s Todd Carney were outplayed by Queensland duo Cronk and Johnathan Thurston as the Maroons extended their Origin domination to seven years.

    In 2011, Canberra fullback Josh Dugan had a blinder in the All Stars game which springboarded him into a Blues jumper for his Origin debut.

    Cronk, who will likely play the second half of the All Stars game, said Reynolds had the talent to do the same.

    “He’s obviously got the skill set,” Cronk said after Storm training on Thursday.

    “For a kid that debuted last year and took Souths to a final, he’s got all the attributes.

    “I’m not sure what NSW are thinking but it’s a really good opportunity for him.”

    Reynolds has also been selected in Laurie Daley’s 22-man Emerging Blues squad, which will gather for a weekend camp at Coogee in Sydney on Friday – proving he’s in the NSW coach’s thinking.

    Cronk said Reynolds was used to big-game pressure after playing in the finals series and also in his club role with the Rabbitohs.

    “He’s a good player, plays at a big club that demands success and has a lot of supporters so I wish him all the best.

    “I look forward to possibly learning a few things off the young fella too.”

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    • January 18th 2013 @ 9:09am
      B.A Sports said | January 18th 2013 @ 9:09am | ! Report

      QLD up to their old tricks again, selecting the NSW team for NSW.
      I know the NSW selectors are poor but are we going to make Meninga, Cronk and Smith the NSW selectors this year? I look forward to seeing the line up come May.

      When are the Blues going to start recommending Steve Michaels as an outside back for the Maroons?

      • January 19th 2013 @ 8:47pm
        Jake said | January 19th 2013 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

        When did Cronk say he should be picked for NSW? That’s right, he didn’t. For the record, he was asked by a NSW journo, if he could see Reynolds playing SOO and that is what he replied to. You NSW supporters jumping to conclusions again. Understandable, I’d be like that too if QLD were that bad, for that long too.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 11:18am
      Mike said | January 18th 2013 @ 11:18am | ! Report

      Mitchell Pearce has played in 4 straight series & is still to stamp his mark on origin. I think it would be a mistake to give hime a 5th year in the 7 so I hope young Reynolds gets the gig.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 12:33pm
      sam said | January 18th 2013 @ 12:33pm | ! Report

      Adam Reynolds is the future, Mitchel Pearce is the past.

    • January 18th 2013 @ 2:16pm
      Jamal said | January 18th 2013 @ 2:16pm | ! Report

      I think the other Reynolds, Josh from the Bulldogs is more primed and suited to Origin than Adam at this stage.

      • January 18th 2013 @ 2:28pm
        Scott Minto said | January 18th 2013 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

        Why not have both? (Cue mexican music from the El Paso ads)

    • January 18th 2013 @ 2:56pm
      CBdoggs4LYFE said | January 18th 2013 @ 2:56pm | ! Report

      What a joke. CC needs to be quiet and sort his own business out. Unless we can create an “Avatar” scenario for Joey Johns to inhabit a healthy bionic super body, NSW will only be filling gaps and whats happened over the last 7 years will continue to repeat again. NSW need x-factor players, players with the potential to turn an Origin not a club game and when the pressure is on stand up and be counted, take the ball and lead like a BoSS! QSLD have Inglis, Slater, Smith, Thurston and to an extent Cronk..NSW have no players of similar calibre..maybe potential to be like, but none at that level and when given a chance whilt under the spotlight

    • January 18th 2013 @ 3:00pm
      ken oldman said | January 18th 2013 @ 3:00pm | ! Report

      Cooper Cronk says he could” learn a few things off the young fella”……could learn a lot more from the old fella..Tom Terrific,the greatest of the Blues half backs.

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