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Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Inglis could be skipper 'Roos again: Meninga


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Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga hasn’t ruled out returning Greg Inglis to the Kangaroos captaincy in the future but says the South Sydney star is no certainty to fill a leadership role in the team again after he was banned from the national team for two matches.

Inglis was stood down on Tuesday after he was charged the previous day with drink-driving and speeding offences.

Boyd Cordner has been installed as Kangaroos skipper for this month's Tests against New Zealand and Tonga in place of Inglis.

The Kangaroos coach said he “loves Greg dearly”, and said he didn't feel let down by the newly minted skipper.

Meninga admitted it was hard to say whether Inglis would be named captain again after he served his DUI suspension. He said he would have to assess the star centre's form in the new year.

“I just want Greg to have a really strong off-season and start the season really well for the Rabbitohs," Meninga said.

"He’ll lead Queensland next year and then we’ll make some decisions down the back end of next year about who our leaders will be."

Meninga said it was a shame that a silly mistake by Inglis cost him a chance to lead his country.

“He was going to be the first indigenous captain since Arthur Beetson. He’s very disappointed in himself but the true character of him, he’s taken it on the chin and he’s admitted he’s wrong," Meninga said.

Yesterday, Inglis addressed the media to apologise for drink driving but was defiant when asked if he would be stepping down from the captaincy.

The Souths star said that he had been drinking on Sunday night and did not leave his hotel to start his drive back to Sydney until around midday, thinking he was able to drive.

Despite refusing to stand down from the post yesterday, Inglis understood there had to repercussions for his behaviour according to Meninga.

“He was apologetic. When I spoke to him and we decided on the penalty he understood it and he actually said to me, ‘I was part of all that, I was part of setting the team’s values around behaviour and the way we carry ourselves,’ he understands all that and we’ll move on," Meninga said.

"We know how much of a great person he is and what a great player he is. But the ultimate lesson in all this is you don't get behind the wheel of a car under the influence of alcohol."

Meninga will travel with the Prime Minister’s XIII on Thursday to prepare for the team’s clash with PNG on Saturday in Port Moresby.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga hasn’t ruled out returning Greg Inglis to the Kangaroos captaincy in the future but says the South Sydney star is no certainty to fill a leadership role in the team again after he was banned from the national team for two matches.

Inglis was stood down on Tuesday after he was charged the previous day with drink-driving and speeding offences.

Boyd Cordner has been installed as Kangaroos skipper for this month's Tests against New Zealand and Tonga in place of Inglis.

The Kangaroos coach said he “loves Greg dearly”, and said he didn't feel let down by the newly minted skipper.

Meninga admitted it was hard to say whether Inglis would be named captain again after he served his DUI suspension. He said he would have to assess the star centre's form in the new year.

“I just want Greg to have a really strong off-season and start the season really well for the Rabbitohs," Meninga said.

"He’ll lead Queensland next year and then we’ll make some decisions down the back end of next year about who our leaders will be."

Meninga said it was a shame that a silly mistake by Inglis cost him a chance to lead his country.

“He was going to be the first indigenous captain since Arthur Beetson. He’s very disappointed in himself but the true character of him, he’s taken it on the chin and he’s admitted he’s wrong," Meninga said.

Yesterday, Inglis addressed the media to apologise for drink driving but was defiant when asked if he would be stepping down from the captaincy.

The Souths star said that he had been drinking on Sunday night and did not leave his hotel to start his drive back to Sydney until around midday, thinking he was able to drive.

Despite refusing to stand down from the post yesterday, Inglis understood there had to repercussions for his behaviour according to Meninga.

“He was apologetic. When I spoke to him and we decided on the penalty he understood it and he actually said to me, ‘I was part of all that, I was part of setting the team’s values around behaviour and the way we carry ourselves,’ he understands all that and we’ll move on," Meninga said.

"We know how much of a great person he is and what a great player he is. But the ultimate lesson in all this is you don't get behind the wheel of a car under the influence of alcohol."

Meninga will travel with the Prime Minister’s XIII on Thursday to prepare for the team’s clash with PNG on Saturday in Port Moresby.

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