WOULD SHINE: Cooper Cronk (left) would be capable of making the switch from NRL to Super Rugby, according to Karmichael Hunt.
WOULD SHINE: Cooper Cronk (left) would be capable of making the switch from NRL to Super Rugby, according to Karmichael Hunt. PAUL MILLER

Hunt says Cronk would make it in rugby

CODE-HOPPER Karmichael Hunt says Cooper Cronk would handle the switch from NRL to Super Rugby.

Hunt, who jumped from NRL to French rugby, AFL and then to the Queensland Reds, believes Cronk can handle the tricky transition from an NRL halfback to a rugby union flyhalf.

Cronk, 33, will leave the Melbourne Storm at the end of the season to be with his Sydney-based fiancee Tara Rushton, but he has not decided if he will continue playing.

He could sign with a Sydney NRL club or retire altogether.

But it won't be with the NSW Waratahs, who ruled out chasing him on Thursday.

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika suggested earlier in the week that the struggling Waratahs should make a play for Cronk.

Hunt said he was excited when he heard Cheika's idea.

"My ears pricked up (when I heard about it)," Hunt said.

"You never doubt a champion, I say. And he's a champion through and through.

"I've played with Cooper before, I understand how great he is with rugby league."

However, Hunt said rugby union was a "different game" and that Cronk would need to be patient, particularly if he was to remain a playmaker.

"Even though it's the same kind of football - you tackle, you pass backwards - the game is a little bit different," he said.

"It might take him a little time to adjust."

News Corp Australia


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