Greg Inglis suspended for two matches after drink driving charge

UPDATE @ 3.15PM | NRL star Greg Inglis has been suspended for two international matches after being charged with drink driving and speeding.

Australian Coach Mal Meninga and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg confirmed the 31-year-old will miss the Kangaroos’ matches against New Zealand and Tonga as a result of the suspension.

Inglis, who today apologised for the breach at a media conference, said he accepted the decision.


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“I know I did the wrong thing and, while I am disappointed at missing the tour, I accept the penalty,” he said.

Mr Greenberg said it was a difficult decision to suspend Inglis who had such an exemplary record.

“Greg is not just a great player, he is one of our best role models, but he made a poor decision on this occasion,” he said.

“He deserves full credit for being upfront today by apologising and taking full ownership of his mistake.”

Mal Meninga said Inglis would be welcomed back into the Kangaroos by his team mates and management.

“I hope to see him back in a Kangaroos jersey next year,” he said.

The Rabbitohs star was pulled over by police in Lithgow on Monday afternoon, allegedly returning a 0.085 blood alcohol reading.

It came just hours after he was announced as the new captain of the Australian Rugby League team.

“As a player, as a person in this community, it’s not good enough,” Inglis said at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon.

“I’ve let a lot of people down as a proud indigenous role model.”

UPDATE @ 1.15 PM | NRL star Greg Inglis has broken his silence after being charged with drink driving on the day he was announced as the new captain of Australia.

At a media conference a short time ago, the 31-year-old said his behaviour was “unacceptable” and that he’s “sincerely apologetic”.

“I’m sincerely apologetic and hopefully this can get sorted and we can move on from this,” Inglis said.

“As a player, as a person in this community, it’s not good enough.

“I’ve let a lot of people down as a proud indigenous role model.”

The Rabbitohs star was reportedly on his way back to Sydney from an indigenous football competition in Dubbo, when he was pulled over in Lithgow on Monday afternoon.

After allegedly returning a positive reading to a roadside breath test, Inglis was taken to a local police station where he allegedly returned a breath result of 0.085.

He was charged with mid-range drink driving and speeding.

His licence was also suspended and he’s due to face court in November.

Inglis said the decision as to whether he will continue to captain the Kangaroos is “out of my hands” and up to the coach and selectors, but confirmed he would not be voluntarily standing down.

“I want to be the Australian captain. Obviously there are standards there,” Inglis said.

“It is disappointing from my end, it’s out of my control. It’s up to the selectors, it’s up to Mal and the commission.”

EARLIER @ 6.30 AM | South Sydney Rabbitohs star Greg Inglis has been charged with drink driving and speeding, just hours after being announced as the new captain of Australia.

The 31-year-old was reportedly on his way back to Sydney from an indigenous football competition in Dubbo, when he was pulled over on Monday afternoon.

“Officers attached to the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command were conducting stationary speed enforcement on the Great Western Highway at Lithgow when they detected a black Mercedes-Benz travelling above the speed limit,” NSW Police said in a statement to news.com.au.

“Police stopped the car and performed a roadside breath test on the 31-year-old driver, a man from Coogee, which allegedly returned a positive reading.”

Inglis was taken to the local police station where he allegedly returned a breath result of 0.085, local media report.

He was charged with mid-range drink driving and speeding.

His licence was also suspended and he’s due to face court in November.

The news came just hours after the NRL confirmed Inglis will take over from Cameron Smith as the new national captain of the Kangaroos.

They’re yet to make a comment.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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