Cronk while playing for the Storm in 2010
Full name Cooper Patrick Cronk
5 December 1983
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 89 kg (14 st 0 lb)
Melbourne Storm 234
Cooper Patrick Cronk (born 5 December 1983 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the Melbourne Storm of the National Rugby League. An Australian international and Queensland State of Origin representative halfback, he has played his entire NRL career to date at the Storm, with whom he won the 2007, 2009 and 2012 NRL Grand finals.
Background [ edit ]
St. Laurence's College, South Brisbane from 1994–2001, where he represented the School's 1st XV rugby union side for a number of years. In 2001, he was selected to play rugby league for the Queensland and Australian Schoolboys teams. He was then selected to play in the Queensland Cup's Norths Devils team. He quickly established himself in that competition and trained with the Storm Squad in 2003. He scored 37 tries for the Norths Devils in the Queensland Cup. [2 ]
Playing career [ edit ]
Cronk made his debut for the
Melbourne Storm in 2004, starting as a utility back coming off the bench and playing at five-eighth, hooker and lock.
2006 NRL season, Cronk won the Dally M Halfback of the Year award. He also played at half-back for Melbourne in the 2006 NRL Grand Final loss to Brisbane.
He finished a successful year in 2007 by achieving selection at halfback for the
Kangaroos in the Centenary Test against New Zealand at Westpac Stadium, Wellington in October.
In 2008, Cronk was called into the Australian Test Team to replace Jonathan Thurston who had twisted his ankle in training. Thurston later was cleared of injury and played in the test team over Cronk. In August, 2008, Cronk was named in the
preliminary 46-man Kangaroos squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, [3 ] however he was not selected to make an appearance. When [4 ] Cameron Smith was sidelined by judiciary suspension during Melbourne's finals campaign of the 2008 NRL season, Cronk stood in as captain and captained the Storm in the 2008 NRL Grand Final defeat to Manly Sea Eagles. [5 ]
In April 2009, he was named in the preliminary 25-man squad to represent
Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009, however he was not selected to make an appearance. He played in the [6 ] 2009 NRL Grand Final against the Parramatta Eels, setting up 2 tries. This title was later stripped due to salary cap breaches. Cronk was named as part of the Four Nations team and played for Australia in 2009 Four Nations Tournament in Australia against France as a utility.
Surgery on his groin saw Cronk him miss Melbourne's appearance in the
2010 World Club Challenge. An injury to Johnathan Thurston saw Cronk selected for the 2010 ANZAC Test. Cronk played off the bench as a utility for Queensland in the 2010 State of Origin Series, playing in all three games. In Game II, he scored his first Origin try. He also played for Australia in the 2010 Four Nations.
Cronk played in the
2011 State of Origin Series. In Game I, he set up a try for Jharal Yow Yeh in the second half and in Game III, he set up Greg Inglis as well. In 2011, Cronk also played the tests against New Zealand at the Gold Coast and Newcastle on the bench. Cronk is part of the 2011 Rugby League Four Nations tournament, playing off the bench when the Kangaroos played the Kiwis and England. Cooper Cronk has been selected to play Five-Eighth against Wales, with Johnathan Thurston at halfback, resting Darren Lockyer for the Four Nations Final. In the 2011 Rugby League Four Nations between Australia and Wales, Cronk scored 3 tries and set-up 2 tries for Australia. He also played in the Four Nations Grand Final against England.
As of 29 March 2012 Cooper agreed to a further four years with the Melbourne Storm. At the
2012 Dally M Awards Cronk was named the NRL's halfback of the year. In the [7 ] 2012 NRL Grand Final victory over Canterbury-Bankstown, he won the Clive Churchill Medal for the man of the match award.
In February 2013, he won man of the match in Storm's 18-14 win Over Leeds in the world club challenge. Cronk was also selected as Starting halfback for the annual ANZAC Test match between
Australia and New Zealand in Canberra, playing at halfback for Australia. He also played a key role in Queensland's eighth consecutive series win with a 12-10 win over New South Wales in the decider, setting up the match winner try to Justin Hodges.
On the 1st of October 2013, Cronk was named the Dally M Player winning by two points in front of
Queensland teammates Johnathan Thurston and Daly Cherry-Evans, and Cronulla Sharks five-eight Todd Carney.
Honours [ edit ]
2006 Grand Final Runners-Up
2007 Grand Final Winners (Stripped)
2008 Grand Final Runners-Up
2009 Grand Final Winners (Stripped)
2012 Grand Final Winners
2013 World Club Challenge Winners
References [ edit ]
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