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Kangaroos halfback Cooper Crook announced his retirement from representative football after the Mens Rubgy World Cup 2017 final, hanging up his Queensland and Australian jerseys for good so he can focus on performing for his new club the Roosters.

Much of the talk leading up to Saturday night’s match surrounded his former Melbourne teammates Cameron Smith and Billy Slater and whether they would call it quits, but instead it was Cronk who dropped a bombshell.

He told Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga and Queensland coach Kevin Walters of his decision earlier in the week.

“It just felt right,” Cronk said.

“Out of respect, I told Mal earlier on in the week. I also rang Kevvie Walters on Friday afternoon.

“It’s just a fitting end.

“I’ve had a fair ride … this is the best case scenario for me and the team moving forward.”

The 33-year-old has worn the Maroons jersey 22 times and Saturday night’s win was his 38th Test.

Australia withstood a determined England fightback in the second half to win the Rugby League Mens Rubgy World Cup 2017 final 6-0 in Brisbane on Saturday night.

The home side dominated the first half and would have been disappointed to only be up by a solitary try. But the Kangaroos were forced to muscle up in defence in the second stanza as England refused to lie down in the manner many bookmakers expected.

The Poms bombarded the Aussies with everything they had. Nobody can question their effort, but their execution let them down in the bruising encounter, lacking the finishing touch when it mattered most close to the line.

Sublime skills weren’t always on show but brute force was evident to the Suncorp Stadium crowd and everyone watching on TV. Both sides’ tanks looked empty well before full-time but the intensity didn’t drop.

Aussie skipper Cameron Smith verbalised the brutal nature of the clash after the final siren.

“To finally get a Mens Rubgy World Cup 2017 victory on home soil — it’s been quite a long time,” Smith told Channel Seven. “A lot of hard work has gone into it.

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