Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Last year Boyd Cordner reluctantly retired from Rugby League as a result of suffering multiple head injuries.
As a result, his teammate James Tedesco would take up the role of captain at the Sydney Roosters and for the New South Wales State of Origin side on a full-time basis.
One of Cordner’s former captaincy roles is yet to be filled as of yet and is the most important of the three.
Due to the COVID pandemic, Australia has not participated in any international matches since 2019 and during that period a successor to Cordner has not been necessary.
However, the Rugby League World Cup is on at the end of the year and the Kangaroos have still not found their captain.
The two likely candidates for the role are Tedesco and Queensland State of Origin captain Daly Cherry-Evans.
Cordner recently spoke to The Daily Telegraph’s David Riccio and gave his thoughts on who his full-time successor should be.
“We all know the player ‘Teddy’ (Tedesco) is on the field, he’s just never content until that final siren goes,’’ Cordner said.
— David Riccio (@DaveRic1) July 10, 2022
“I’ve loved watching Teddy grow as a captain with NSW, but what he did with the Roosters last year, to keep them together under huge adversity and injuries, was unbelievable.
“Imagine what he would be like if he was leading Australia, he’d only grow as a leader and player again.’’
The Australian captaincy could be decided by the result in Wednesday night’s State of Origin decider with the series-winning captain receiving the honour.
Although it is not yet certain whether or not Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga will go with Cherry-Evans or Nathan Cleary as his first strong halfback for the World Cup.
While Meninga has indicated that Cherry-Evans will be the first choice number seven nothing has been confirmed as of yet and if the Penrith Panthers go on to win back-to-back premierships it will be hard to keep Cleary out of the side.
The Kangaroos should get through the group stage of the World Cup with relative ease as they face Fiji, Italy and Scotland in group B.