South Sydney captain Greg Inglis says he’s confident NRL players will be on their best behaviour when teams gather for camps in Auckland and Brisbane this weekend.
Just days after Mitchell Pearce’s drunken and lewd Australia Day behaviour was captured on an embarrassing video, the NRL was again rocked as Queensland blacklisted State of Origin hopefuls Valentine Holmes and Cameron Munster over off-field issues.
But Inglis said he has no concerns of more bad behaviour during this week’s Nines tournament in New Zealand, as well as the All Stars teams’ camps in Brisbane.
“I’m pretty sure the clubs have got really good people in place to keep them in check,” Inglis said on Tuesday.
Indigenous All Stars skipper Inglis was reluctant to comment on the latest Queensland drama, where both Holmes and Munster were given 12-month bans after breaking curfew at the Maroons’ Emerging Origin camp in Brisbane.
Holmes is also being investigated by the NRL Integrity Unit after copping on the spot fines totalling $1412 for obstructing police and public nuisance at a Fortitude Valley cab rank early on Sunday morning.
The QRL have not ruled out handing out more suspensions after reports emerged of up to four other players defying Walters at his first official event as Maroons coach by also breaking curfew.
“I’ve only seen a little bit, just a flash across the news last night. I’m not really aware of what’s happened or the circumstances of it all so I can’t really make any comments about that,” said Queensland Origin veteran Inglis.
“That’s for more the hierarchy to come across and have a good deal with them.”
Walters is just one month into the Maroons head coaching gig after taking over from Mal Meninga.
But Inglis, who unveiled his wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Sydney, insisted the longtime Queensland assistant was still the man for the job.
“He’s a great man to have, there’s no doubt about it. That’s why he’s got the job,” he said.
“In terms of the disciplinarian actions, I’m not too sure what the outcome is of it all.”
The 29-year-old Kangaroos representative said he was disappointed the NRL’s pre-season has once again been tarnished by poor behaviour, and was eager to move on with on-field action.
“It is disappointing – it’s only around the corner until round one. Nines start this weekend. First and foremost, that’s all in the past now. We’ve just got to move forward,” he said.