You can be sure Australian rugby union is in poor health when it starts trying to bludge off the popularity of rugby league.
So, it doesn’t bode well for the 15-a-side code then, that The Courier-Mail is linking the Waratahs to Sydney-bound Storm halfback Cooper Cronk.
According to the report, the Waratahs loom as a viable option for Cronk, as well as six NRL clubs, including the Knights.
“Cooper is an impressive fella, and would fit into a rugby team, especially given his proven background in the sport,” said NSWRU board member, John Morrison. “But we’d talk to any player who is interested in playing rugby, particularly league players who have played for their state or country.”
“We’d consider it, but until there is a definite approach, it remains speculation as to who would possibly come.”
For what it’s worth, we’ll believe it when we see it. At this point, all signs seem to point to retirement for Cronk, with Cronk himself this week telling On The Couch With Sterlo, “it’s not about where I want to play, it’s about do I want to play.”
Besides, given that Cronk isn’t a rugby league winger, he’s probably over-qualified to walk into the Wallabies, let alone the Waratahs.