Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson calls upon Cooper Cronk, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to fill Boyd Cordner void

Without him, Robinson has called upon Cooper Cronk and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves to fill the void.

“Boyd is a strong voice, Jake is a strong voice, so we are going to need some guys to fill that void and stand up tomorrow night,” Robinson said.

Leadership team: Jake Friend, left, and fellow Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner.Credit:AAP

“[Cordner’s] not going to be there tomorrow night. Another man needs to stand there and say we are going to do this and follow me.

“Jared is the man for that and Cooper is the man for that as well. There are a few others that need to stand up as well.”

Robinson has called upon different players to stand up along an eight week stretch which has been quietly torrid on the injury front.


Round one loss to the Rabbitohs aside, Robinson has been forced to field a team without one of Friend, Cronk or Luke Keary in every match this season.

That sort of torrid injury toll would rock most teams but the premiers are no ordinary team.

The versatility of Mitch Aubusson and Latrell Mitchell, in particular, has made the chopping and changing appear seamless from the outside looking in.

The latter is a certainty to line up on June 5 when NSW face Queensland at Suncorp Stadium in the Origin opener and the former is firming as a solution to the problem Brad Fittler faces at right centre.

Robinson has carefully avoided Origin endorsements this season but spoke about the impact Aubusson can have on a team through his red, white and blue lenses.

“What Mitchell Aubusson does on the field and off the field, that is why he’s our club captain,” Robinson said.

“A coach can stand up here and talk about how great a guy is and we do that every week and I get asked about guys… I could speak for hours on Mitchell Aubusson and still not get across what he means to everybody in this joint.

“He can play anywhere and often that is the case with players but he can play anywhere and shift his mindset and attack that role and play any position. I think we have seen that over his whole career.”

Aubusson may yet play another position against the Broncos tonight, after Daniel Tupou was ruled out due to a neck injury suffered against the Raiders.

True to form, Robinson didn’t give much away as to who may replace Tupou but the two names he raised were Aubusson and English international Ryan Hall, who is yet to make his debut for the club.

Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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