Walker plays down Crichton NRL feud

Cody Walker (left) denies there's any bad blood with former teammate Angus Crichton (centre).
Cody Walker (left) denies there's any bad blood with former teammate Angus Crichton (centre).

South Sydney five-eighth Cody Walker has laughed off suggestions of a rift with former teammate Angus Crichton in the wake of his "traitor" sledge.

Walker and Sydney Roosters pair Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary were at the centre of a heated push and shove during the Rabbitohs' NRL season-opening win after the Rabbitohs No.6 let fly at Crichton.

Walker peppered his former teammate with a verbal barrage after the NSW Origin back-rower defected from the Rabbitohs to the premiers, an act labelled "disrespectful" by Keary.

"I'm not going to go back and forth in a feud type of thing," Walker said.

"What happens on the night stays on the night. I shook hands with every single person on that footy team. That's where I'll keep it."

The 29-year-old was astounded the incident was still making headlines nearly two weeks on.

He also denied the animosity extended beyond the playing field, pointing out he had spoken to Crichton several times since.

"I don't see where the problem is," Walker said.

"I've spoken to him a couple of times on Instagram and gave him a little congratulations, he tagged his partner in an Insta story, we had a bit of a laugh.

"It's just a part of footy mate.

"I'm pretty blown away it's been going on for two weeks now."

The saga sets the stage for a much-anticipated return match between the two old rivals in round 25.

Walker said he wouldn't be changing his ways and his fiery temperament.

"You respect your opponents always," Walker said.

"On the field there's none of that, you don't want to respect your opponent too much otherwise they'll run all over you and things like that.

"I compete to the best of my ability and I enjoy playing rugby league and I don't think I'll change too much."

Australian Associated Press