From a 4am public brawl to a star attacking his own coach and a captain caught in a pub toilet: here are the NRL bullies who must repay the faith of their clubs this season
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Soccer players aren’t robots, but reckless behavior off the pitch often leaves fans – and the NRL clubs who pay them huge salaries – scratching their heads in dismay.
Whether it’s Latrell Mitchell and Jack Wighton deciding to fight in Canberra outside a nightclub at 3.45am, young Broncos shooter Selywn Cobbo criticizing coach Kevin Walters on a podcast, or the “Men’s Seven” boycotting a game last year because of religious and cultural beliefs when asked to wear a proud shirt, NRL is never boring.
The Daily Mail Australia has selected some key players who need to avoid drama and repay their clubs’ faith in 2023.
The Knights co-captain was embroiled in the infamous scandal with teammate Kurt Mann last August at the Delany Hotel in Newcastle.
Pong’s recent suggestion that Mann was simply “helping” the fifth-eighth star in the toilet when he was suffering from food poisoning caused many surprises.
As co-captain and signer of the Knights, Kalyn Ponga must stay clean in 2023
Given the size of Ponga’s contract, he would advise him to win more football matches and not drink alcohol while suffering from a concussion.
The 20-year-old Broncos winger is an obvious talent, but his language gives him a lot of trouble. Suggesting in a podcast that Kevin Walters is “a good guy but not the best coach” is a surefire way to get Red Hill’s top performers offside. Also, the recent naming of Panthers star Jarome Luai’s pivot “fat” wasn’t wise either.
At just 20 years old, Broncos forward Selwyn Cobbo is an obvious talent, but his mouth seems to be giving him plenty of trouble
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Josh Aloiai, Toafofoa Sipley, Tolutau Koula, Christian Tuipulotu, Haumole Olakau’atu, Jason Saab and Josh Schuster gave “cultural and religious” reasons for not wearing a “pride” jersey in a 20th round clash against the Roosters on July 28 last year . They also boycotted the match, and Manly’s top eight aspirations soon fell, with Des Hasler later showing the door. While the club handled the situation badly, Sea Eagles fans will not agree to more drama.
Jack Wighton and Latrell Mitchell
The footage of the stars – who are good buddies – detained by ACT police last month after “force” at 3:45 a.m., was not a good look at the code. With the case still pending in court, the couple should remain discreet for the next few months.
Jack Wighton and Latrell Mitchell’s recent “public struggle” outside a Canberra nightclub was not a good look at the code
The Raiders whore spent a lot of time in courtrooms during the off-season. Although he was acquitted of some of the charges against the NSW Police, it would be prudent to impose an alcohol ban on himself.
Tom Starling appears to be a key figure for the Raiders this year as they chase another eight in the top eight and finals in soccer
In recent years, Starling has been a magnet for drama, including clashes with NSW Police
He is a fan favorite with the Roosters, but his multiple suspensions are weak against Trent Robinson and Nick Politis. Having just signed a four-year extension with the Tricolours, Castle must emerge as a leader on the pitch, not a burden.
Broncos enforcer Payne Haas should avoid brawls with teammates outside hotel where the public can film the incident
The Broncos enforcer should avoid brawling with teammates in front of the hotel where the public can film the incident. While no one likes to get their new white dress shoes dirty, given Haas and his family’s colorful past, staying out of the headlines would be welcome news for club officials.