Over the last two decades Rugby League fans across the world have lived in a state of privilege. In the early 2000’s a crop of players emerged that would take their place amongst rugby league’s immortals.

The likes of Jonathan Thurston, Cameron Smith, Darren Lockyer, Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk have lit up both the NRL and the international game, forming the spines of some of the most dominant teams in the game’s history for their clubs, Australia, and the Queensland Origin side.

Now, one by one, this golden generation of players are taking their applause and hanging up their boots, and although a new raft of superstars are ready to take their place, a certain generation of rugby league fans will always look upon the last 15 years with rose tinted nostalgia.

On Sunday night, five-time Dally M Halfback of the Year, Cooper Cronk, leads his Sydney Roosters side into the Betfred World Club Challenge in what could well be his last appearance on British soil.

Although his successes in the green and gold have so often been the cause of heartbreak for England fans, any opportunity to watch a player of his calibre is one that should not be missed.

Cronk established himself at the Melbourne Storm, becoming part of their much fabled ‘Big three’ (Cronk, Slater and Smith). This trio was also key to Queensland’s dominance in State Of Origin, which saw the Maroons win 8 series in a row.

A key part of the Australia side that won the World Cup in the UK in 2013, as well as the Four Nations in 2011 and 2016, Cronk will also have fond memories of his time playing in the Northern Hemisphere, and will be hoping to add another title to his considerable honours list against Wigan on Sunday night.

The Roosters earned their place in this years Betfred World Club Challenge with a 21-6 win over the Melbourne Storm, in which Cronk put in one of the most remarkable Grand Final performances in recent memory.

Playing with a broken scapula, Cronk master-minded a superb team effort as the Roosters upset the odds to beat his former side and win his fourth NRL Premiers ring.

Back to full fitness and Cronk will again be a key figure in the Sydney side that lines up against Wigan on Sunday night, but regardless of result, the magnitude of his reputation and legacy is undeniable.

Even though the vast majority of the crowd on Sunday night will be hoping that Cronk does not pick up his 2nd World Club Challenge title, rugby league fans of all allegiances will be grateful for the opportunity to watch one of the games all-time greats in the flesh, possibly for the last time.