Roosters hitman Victor Radley reveals new girlfriend as NSW manager Brad Fittler calls for rule change that could see his Origin debut
Sydney Roosters lock Victor Radley has revealed his new girlfriend via Instagram after a disappointing World Cup campaign where England crashed out in the semi-finals.
But his luck could turn as New South Wales manager Brad Fittler calls for an eligibility change at Origin that allows the enforcer to play for both his nation and state.
Radley, 24, enjoyed an impressive World Cup with England losing in the semi-finals to Samoa after an upset defeat to the golden point.
Victor Radley (R) and his new girlfriend Taylah Cratchley (L) at the Roosters end of season awards
The tough man from the eastern suburbs posted his overseas vacation highlights on Instagram, which featured images of new girlfriend Taylah Cratchley.
Cratchley, who works as a model and business partner for luxury resort wear brand Kiyomii, has appeared in photos online with Radley since August this year and was also with him at the season-ending awards dinner. Roosters.
Radley also posted photos of the two travelers to Europe with the caption “good times.”
Radley (L) and Cratchley (R) toured Europe together after England lost in the World Cup semi-finals
Now at home in New South Wales, Radley is gearing up for a season that could reward him with an Origin birth.
Blues manager Brad Fittler has called for a change in eligibility criteria, saying it doesn’t matter which international team a Blues player represents.
“If you were born in NSW or Queensland and you’re eligible at a certain age – at this point it’s 13 – then you should be able to play for NSW or Queensland…that’s it,” said the 50-year-old NSWRL player.
“I wonder why these players don’t have the chance or the opportunity to play for NSW because of their father’s legacy, and they have the opportunity to play international football at some point in their careers.”
Radley is training with the NSW Blues team in 2022 for Game 2 but was not selected in Final 17
‘Reimis Smith played for New Zealand but he played for NSW [in juniors] and grew up in NSW since he was a baby.
The Channel Nine commentator addressed Radley’s case earlier in the year, saying it would be a “shame” if the formidable young gun went his whole career without lining up in a blue shirt.
Radley was selected for the wider NSW squad in Game 2 this year but didn’t line up in 17.
Radley sings the national anthem alongside his UK team-mates in their first Rugby World Cup game
In 2021, he missed the Origin Series due to suspension during a rollercoaster year for No. 13.
When Radley announced his allegiance to England earlier this year to honor his father Nigel’s legacy, he involuntarily dropped himself from the future Origin selection.
‘But it’s not my decision. I’ve made up my mind to play for England and I’ll never be one to complain,’ Radley told Fox Sports.
“I knew what I was doing and if it changes the happy days, but if it doesn’t I’ll keep going.”