Kangaroos assistant coach Trevor Gillmeister is expecting some “big announcements” tonight in a sign some senior players could be set to hang up their representative boots.
With Australia set to take on England in the World Cup Final in Brisbane tonight, Gillmeister let much away about the prospects of some senior Australian players.
Massive question marks hang over the futures of Billy Slater and Cooper Cronk with the pair refraining from confirming their intentions on whether they will ever throw on the green and gold again after Saturday night.
And with Slater and Cronk the main senior players on the precipice of representative retirement, Gillmeister did plenty to add fuel to suggestions the duo could be about to don the famous Kangaroos jersey for the last time.
“The boys were presented with their jerseys at a presentation last night and a few of the older boys got a bit emotional,” Gillmeister said just minutes before kick-off as tears streamed down Cronk's face during the Australian National Anthem.
“I won’t be surprised if there are some big announcements following this game tonight.”
Meanwhile, the Jillaroos downed the Kiwi Ferns 23-16 on Saturday evening to claim the women’s World Cup.
The match was brutal in a stunning showcase of quality following word of the NRL women’s competition which is expected to debut in 2018.
"I had a cry on the field but now I'm as happy as buggery," Jillaroos prop Stephanie Hancock said following the match.
Hancock had planned to give the game away but confirmed she had changed her mind following the victory.
However second-rower Renae Kunst said she was sticking to her plan to retire.