Cooper Cronk rules out switching codes

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    Cooper Cronk has dismissed speculation he is considering a switch to rugby union in 2018.

    The Kangaroos halfback will leave NRL club Melbourne at season’s end to join his Sydney-based fiance, TV presenter Tara Rushton, but is yet to decide if he will continue playing.

    But Cronk laughed off talk that he may be tempted to play for Super Rugby outfit NSW Waratahs next year.

    “That won’t be happening,” he said.

    “Everyone has their right to an opinion but I haven’t had any conversation with rugby union and I have no intention.

    “My intention is to make a decision on if I play again next year not where I am going to play.”

    Speculation of a switch built momentum after Wallabies coach Michael Cheika claimed Cronk would be a rugby success while code-hopper Karmichael Hunt also backed the Melbourne No.7’s move on Friday.

    But Cronk was left scratching his head over the rugby talk.

    “Media have their right to fill some pages but they don’t know the conversations I have had,” he said.

    “I did play a bit of rugby at school and thoroughly enjoyed it and I watch rugby and played with some of the current Wallabies players.

    “But I love rugby league. It has given me everything I have in my life.

    “I am an avid supporter of the game.”

    Cronk, 33, said he was no closer to deciding on whether he would lace up the boots in 2018.

    And he was in no rush despite options running out in the player market after Kieran Foran became the latest star to decide his future, signing with Canterbury for three years.

    “I think I am physically and mentally able to play on,” Cronk said.

    “But I am not waiting for a light bulb moment and wake up and know the answer.

    “I will have an answer for you at some stage.

    “I won’t be dictated by the market.

    “I need to make a smart decision and they don’t happen overnight.”

    © AAP 2018

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    The Crowd Says (14)

    • May 12th 2017 @ 3:35pm
      Craigo said | May 12th 2017 @ 3:35pm | ! Report

      You mean the Daily Telegraph was WRONG and made the whole story up!!! who would’ve ever thought!!

      • May 12th 2017 @ 4:48pm
        Jacko said | May 12th 2017 @ 4:48pm | ! Report

        Agree Craigo its just a big load of rubbish made up by journo’s and that seems to be the way news is these days.

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      May 12th 2017 @ 4:57pm
      Fionn said | May 12th 2017 @ 4:57pm | ! Report

      I just can’t wait until he sets the record straight about ‘Cooper Cronk’ being a fake name

    • May 12th 2017 @ 6:26pm
      Jock Cornet said | May 12th 2017 @ 6:26pm | ! Report

      Phipps or Cronk ? Tough decision that one. Cronk would be a superstar.

    • May 13th 2017 @ 8:29am
      tyrone said | May 13th 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

      Why would he switch?

      He is moving to Sydney to be with his partner. Depending on the draw he only has 7 away trips from Sydney and can return home the next day.

      Switch to Union and he potentially has a couple f trips to NZ, a couple of weeks in SA/ARG and a trip to Japan.

      The travel involved in Rugby negates his move to Sydney and was never a chance of a switch

      • May 13th 2017 @ 12:31pm
        Mike said | May 13th 2017 @ 12:31pm | ! Report

        On the flip side….all that time away from the wife…. Wohoo!

    • May 13th 2017 @ 11:02am
      Rugnut said | May 13th 2017 @ 11:02am | ! Report

      It wails be great to have a great player and leader who let’s his play speak for itself rather than many (majority) others from all codes who’s words are NOT supported by their actions on/off the field.

      We need to find out why we lose these guys from rugby. Once we have an answer have the solution. Remember Cronk left for league when the Wallabies were on top of the world.

    • May 13th 2017 @ 11:17am
      DanFan said | May 13th 2017 @ 11:17am | ! Report

      How many days has this non-story managed to go around. What a load of rubbish.

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