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Monday, 1 October 2018

Inglis refuses to stand down as Roos captain


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Greg Inglis has fronted the media to apologise for a drink driving charge that has his Kangaroos captaincy hanging by a thread but the star centre said he won't be stepping down from the role, putting that decision in the hands of coach Mal Meninga and NRL boss Todd Greenberg.

It comes on the same day that Australian selector Laurie Daley told radio show the Big Sports Breakfast that Inglis should be axed as Kangaroos skipper.

Neither the ARL Commission, Meninga or Inglis' club the South Sydney Rabbitohs have so far commented on the incident since A Current Affair broke the news last night

Inglis charged for drink-driving

The drink driving charge came after Inglis was pulled over on his drive back from the Koori Knockout in Dubbo yesterday.

Inglis explained that he had been drinking on Sunday night and did not leave his hotel to start his drive back to Sydney until around midday yesterday, when he thought he would be OK to drive.

However, with a mid-range drink driving charge and a speeding ticket hanging over his head, Inglis may not get to lead the Kangaroos out onto the field when they take on the Kiwis in the first of a two-Test end of season tour of New Zealand next Saturday.

"I'm sincerely apologetic and hopefully this can get sorted and we can move on from this," Inglis said.

"From my status of the game and where I am as a player and as a person around this community it's not good enough and if anything comes from out of this - I obviously got done drink driving - it's a lesson that everyone should learn and take from this is that if you feel like you're not quite right to drive then there's a lot of things out there in the RTA and what the Transport NSW put out there is always have a Plan B.

"Once again I'm very apologetic and hopefully this will get resolved and we'll move forward from here. But once again I'm very sorry, I've got full support from the club here at South Sydney and we'll work through this here and work through the process and obviously with the NRL as well."

Inglis said he had spoken to Meninga as well as Queensland coach Kevin Walters but had not yet had the captaincy taken off him for either representative team.

He said being captain of the Kangaroos was something he "would really love" but accepted that he had failed to meet the national team's standards.

Inglis also claimed he had the "full support of the players" to retain the captaincy.

"I don't think I let my country down," Inglis said.

" ... I just hope that the NRL can work their way through this and obviously Souths as well, but that's entirely up to Mal and the selectors and obviously Todd (Greenberg) and the NRL.

" ... I'm just here today to say that I'm very sorry and very sincere about what happened." 

The ARL Commission is expected to make a call on Inglis' potential penalty today.

 

Greg Inglis has fronted the media to apologise for a drink driving charge that has his Kangaroos captaincy hanging by a thread but the star centre said he won't be stepping down from the role, putting that decision in the hands of coach Mal Meninga and NRL boss Todd Greenberg.

It comes on the same day that Australian selector Laurie Daley told radio show the Big Sports Breakfast that Inglis should be axed as Kangaroos skipper.

Neither the ARL Commission, Meninga or Inglis' club the South Sydney Rabbitohs have so far commented on the incident since A Current Affair broke the news last night

Inglis charged for drink-driving

The drink driving charge came after Inglis was pulled over on his drive back from the Koori Knockout in Dubbo yesterday.

Inglis explained that he had been drinking on Sunday night and did not leave his hotel to start his drive back to Sydney until around midday yesterday, when he thought he would be OK to drive.

However, with a mid-range drink driving charge and a speeding ticket hanging over his head, Inglis may not get to lead the Kangaroos out onto the field when they take on the Kiwis in the first of a two-Test end of season tour of New Zealand next Saturday.

"I'm sincerely apologetic and hopefully this can get sorted and we can move on from this," Inglis said.

"From my status of the game and where I am as a player and as a person around this community it's not good enough and if anything comes from out of this - I obviously got done drink driving - it's a lesson that everyone should learn and take from this is that if you feel like you're not quite right to drive then there's a lot of things out there in the RTA and what the Transport NSW put out there is always have a Plan B.

"Once again I'm very apologetic and hopefully this will get resolved and we'll move forward from here. But once again I'm very sorry, I've got full support from the club here at South Sydney and we'll work through this here and work through the process and obviously with the NRL as well."

Inglis said he had spoken to Meninga as well as Queensland coach Kevin Walters but had not yet had the captaincy taken off him for either representative team.

He said being captain of the Kangaroos was something he "would really love" but accepted that he had failed to meet the national team's standards.

Inglis also claimed he had the "full support of the players" to retain the captaincy.

"I don't think I let my country down," Inglis said.

" ... I just hope that the NRL can work their way through this and obviously Souths as well, but that's entirely up to Mal and the selectors and obviously Todd (Greenberg) and the NRL.

" ... I'm just here today to say that I'm very sorry and very sincere about what happened." 

The ARL Commission is expected to make a call on Inglis' potential penalty today.

 

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