Cooper Cronk

Aussie veteran Cooper Cronk to announce NRL retirement

The 35-year-old, who won two premierships with the Melbourne Storm and then another last season with the Sydney Roosters, will hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign.

Cronk's retirement comes 16 years after he first pulled on a Storm jersey and, in the years since, only Johnathan Thurston has received as many plaudits as one of the NRL's very best playmakers.

Through 360 NRL games, 22 Origins and 38 Tests for Australia, Cronk has won it all.

Cronk carried broken scapula in NRL Grand Final success

Inspirational Queensland star Cronk incredibly featured for all but the final two minutes as Trent Robinson's side set up the 21-6 win with a dominant first-half display.

The victory came despite their half-back being forced to the fringes for much of contest, as he was nursed through at just "30 per cent" fitness according to Cordner.

Cronk had been a major doubt leading into the match after seriously injuring his shoulder in the Preliminary Final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs eight days earlier.

Inglis won't let Bunnies get overawed by Cronk

Inglis and Cronk played in four grand finals together at Melbourne Storm, won two of them (2007, 2009), and played in the halves together in two of those matches.

On Saturday night, each will be trying to keep the other out of next Sunday's Telstra Premiership grand final.

The preliminary final between the Rabbitohs and Roosters has many storylines. The friendship formed between 31-year-old Inglis and 34-year-old Cronk in Storm, Queensland and Australian sides, is one line that extends the longest and deepest.

Pearce could rue Roosters exit: Thurston

Thurston admitted the Roosters' decision to sign Cronk for two NRL seasons was "harsh" on Pearce, but said the 28-year-old was forgoing a golden chance to complete his skill set.

Cronk understands Pearce disappointment

As Pearce jetted out to the United States on a three-week holiday on Tuesday, Cronk fronted a large media contingency in Canberra ahead of Friday's World Cup game against France to discuss his decision to link with the Tricolours.

Sterling urges Pearce to leave Roosters

Cronk said he hopes Pearce remains at Bondi Junction and believes Roosters coach Trent Robinson can successfully deploy three representative halves in 2018, with Cronk, Pearce and Luke Keary all playing in the same side.

Quickest half we've ever played: Cronk

Cooper Cronk and Will Chambers can hold their heads high after the Maroons' loss, with Cronk's pinpoint kicking game keeping Queensland in the game during the first 40 minutes of play, and Chambers's 184 metres and nine tackle busts arguably the best 80-minute performance in Kevin Walters's side. 

With both being so heavily involved in the first half, it is no surprise they felt it the most, and for good reason. 

The first 40 minutes saw end-to-end football, as each side enjoyed 50 per cent of possession in a game that had a frenetic pace. 

Cheika backs Waratahs-Cronk move

Cronk will leave Melbourne at the end of the season in order to move to Sydney for family reasons, with a number of NRL sides believed to be keen to sign the 33-year-old.

However, a surprising turn of events has seen Super Rugby side Waratahs credited with an interest in the two-time Dally M Player of the Year.

Former Waratahs player and coach Cheika believes Cronk has the ability to make the switch, but will not try to facilitate a move in order to have him available for the Wallabies.

Cronk ready for new halves partner

Since taking the reins from Matt Orford in 2006, Cronk has lined up alongside more than half-a-dozen five-eighths in the Victorian capital.

In his first year as the Storm's chief playmaker Cronk partnered veteran stand-off Scott Hill, before Greg Inglis was shifted to five-eighth for two-and-a-bit seasons.

Cronk not driven by grand final defeat

Cronk and his Storm teammates fought valiantly to come back from an 8-0 half-time deficit in last year's decider, only for Sharks prop Andrew Fifita to barge over 10 minutes from the end to hand Cronulla their first premiership.