analysis: Why Anthony Milford is the Queensland great who never was

A man with his back to the camera during a rugby league match

ABC Sport

The old adage says that leaders are born, not made. But in rugby league, if somebody sticks around the same team for long enough they, by default, become something of an elder statesman, even if they don’t really seem suited to it. 

That’s how Cameron Munster and Anthony Milford, who are just 27, have ended up as senior men for Queensland and Samoa. They still seem younger than their years, but this is what growing up must feel like.

Munster will not captain the Maroons over in Perth on Sunday, but he doesn’t need to have the skipper’s armband to be the heartbeat of his state. Daly Cherry-Evans might be Queensland captain, but Munster is Queensland’s heart and soul.

Over the past three years, the same pattern has repeated itself. When…

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