I dont know how many of you will or wont agree but as you may be well aware that Darren Lockyer was one of the finest rugby league players ever to play the game not just for australia but in the world. But does anyone think it would be wise of the ARU to tempt him out of retirement to have a crack at rugby union. As Ive watched his whole career ive always felt it was a great shame that although he got a reasonably well known profile in rugby league, he never attempted to cross codes near end of his career like wendell sailor, mat rogers, etc did.
Because the only countries he could really test himself against in RL was new zealand and great britain but surely he would have been fed up playing the same two countries every year. Just imagine if he had played union now what a profile he would have got on world stage as he could have taken on dan carter and the all blacks, the south africans the six nations countries, he would have played in front of bigger crowds, possibly played against british lions touring australia next year, or joined a european side to play in heineken cup, and of course the rugby world cup and at least it would have been a proper world cup and got a much bigger profile than he has now. Another perosn I would like to see cross over would be Billy Slater as well
Does anyone agree with me
22-06-12 05:22 PM
Yeah Billy Slater would be an asset but where would Lockyer play? Doesn't have the right set of skills for 9 or 10, too slow now for the back three and I would have thought he'd be a bit wee for anywhere else. Mind you anyone would be an improvement at centre for the wallabies at the moment.
Actually I'm sure Italy would love him to play 10, but I'm not sure that was what you were getting at