Bitter footy WAG feud continues as Cameron Smith snubs long-time teammate and former friend Cooper Cronk from a celebratory dinner for his 400th game
- Cameron Smith snubbed former Melbourne Storm teammate Cooper Cronk
- The duo’s feud has been well documented since Cronk left the Melbourne Storm
- He moved to Sydney’s east to be with his fiance, Tara Rushton after 2017 finals
- The pair appear to have not communicated since, aside from on field disputes
- A photo of Cronk gripping Smith’s throat in a tackle surfaced after a 2018 game
- Smith chose not to invite his former teammate to his celebration of 400 games
The bitter feud between NRL stars and former teammates Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk has continued after a brutal snub.
Smith did not invite Cronk to a celebratory dinner on Thursday ahead of the Melbourne Storm hooker’s record 400th first grade game.
The pair have been at odds since Cronk left the Melbourne Storm in 2017 to relocate to Sydney’s east for his fiance, Fox Sports presenter Tara Rushton.
Craig Bellamy – who has coached Smith for 398 of those games – and former teammate Billy Slater were both on the guest list.
Cronk’s omission from the dinner was reportedly due to a disagreement over family issues.
The bitter feud between NRL stars and former teammates Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk has continued after a brutal snub
The pair have been at odds since Cronk left the Melbourne Storm in 2017 to relocate to Sydney’s east for his fiance, Fox Sports presenter Tara Rushton (pictured with Cronk)
Smith is believed to have hand-picked the guest list and his managers sent out the invitations.
Cronk, however, did not made the cut.
SFX Sports Group, Cronk’s management, told the Sydney Morning Herald they never received an invitation for the star Roosters halfback.
While both camps have publicly claimed there is no bad blood between the pair, a falling out between the wives and girlfriends of Cronk, Smith and Slater is rumoured have caused the rift.
Tensions reached breaking point several months into 2018 when Smith was a no-show at Cronk’s wedding to Rushton on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Their fractured friendship was showcased for the public for the first time in July 2018, when the pair met for the first time as rivals, rather than teammates.
Tensions reached breaking point several months into 2018 when Smith was a no-show at Cronk’s wedding to Ms Rushton on Sydney’s northern beaches
While Cronk warmly embraced all of his former teammates, he offered a short and sharp handshake and very little eye contact for his former captain.
Again in the 2018 grand final, when Cronk’s Roosters beat Smith’s Storm, a photo surfaced of the duo in a tackle in which Cronk’s hand gripped the hooker’s throat.
The former mates then avoided each other after the match with reports Cronk abruptly changed direction to avoid coming face to face with Smith.
Adding fuel to the fire, the pair both snubbed each other in post-match interviews and speeches, but Cronk has since come out and publicly congratulated Smith for his contribution to the game.
While Cronk and Slater are reportedly close as ever, both men seemed to take issue with Smith at a similar time.
The feud between the pair also involved Billy Slater at one point, and was believed to have been sparked after a falling out between Smith’s wife Barb (pictured) and Slater’s wife, Nicole
Smith’s wife, Barb, is believed to have had a falling out with Slater’s wife, Nicole.
The latest celebration for Smith’s achievements was the second this year. He was previously congratulated for becoming the highest point scorer in the game.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy sung his praises on Saturday night after the match, where they defeated the Sharks 40-16.
‘Not only is he an icon of our sport, he is an icon of Australian sport,’ Bellamy said.
‘He is the best player I have ever seen… I have never seen anyone match what he has done.
‘For me to be his coach for 398 of his 400 games is quite surreal and sometimes I have got to pinch myself and realise how lucky I have been.’