Wallabies coach Michael Cheika says Cooper Cronk would ‘no doubt’ be a success in rugby, if rumours the Waratahs are interested in the NRL playmaker come to fruition.
Speculation emerged this week that the Waratahs could be in the mix for Cronk, who has flagged a move to Sydney at the end of the current season, though not confirmed where, or if, he’ll continue his playing career.
Cronk’s background in schoolboy rugby means he’s not entirely foreign to the game and Cheika said there’d be no reason not to entertain the idea if the Origin star was interested.
“He’s an Aussie, he’s an Australian player, he’s ultra-qualified in rugby league and he came through the ranks playing rugby back at school days and if the Tahs are interested and he’s an Australian guy who wants to come play there, then good on them.
If Cronk were to swing by Waratahs HQ, though, Cheika said he wouldn’t be donning the sky blue with any help from the national body.
“Are the Australian Rugby Union going to get involved in that. No, that’s a deal between those guys to work out.
“It’d be interesting to see him back playing and I have no doubt whatsoever that he’d make a success of it.”
Where Cronk would play in the Waratahs’ setup would be unclear, with Wallabies 10 Bernard Foley the resident flyhalf.