Rugby NRL legends discuss which rugby union players could make transition to 13-man code – Sporting News AU

NRL legends discuss which rugby union players could make transition to 13-man code – Sporting News AU



Rugby union star Quade Cooper’s incredible flick passes have got many people thinking one thing recently – how would he go in rugby league?

The 32-year old has been one of Australia’s most enigmatic union players in recent memory, and in the past has expressed his desire to perhaps transition to the 13-man code.

And there are plenty of other players in union who could make great league players.

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Speaking on Fox League Live on Foxtelformer Storm and Roosters playmaker Cooper Cronk named the one player he believes could find something in the NRL.

“I think current day players, Kurtley Beale could transition across,” he said.

“He could play fullback in our game or possibly five-eighth, he tends to drift across the field as a second-receiver and has a nice show and go, good footwork and understands rugby IQ.

“The outside backs transition well – Sailor, Rogers and Tuqiri and more recently Marika Koroibete and Vunivalu – but you haven’t seen too many of their halves or forwards transition across.”

The aforementioned Vunivalu will of course join the Queensland Reds next season as he looks to follow in the footsteps of former Storm teammate Koirobete and represent the Wallabies.

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As for Cooper’s hopes in rugby league, former Balmain Tigers enforcer Steve
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