Australia Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has revealed that pair Latrell Mitchell and Josh Addo-Carr were out late into the eve of their historic loss to Tonga last season. This is compounded by their highly publicised social distancing breach which has put their representative careers on thin ice.
Both Mitchell and Addo-Carr are already under the spotlight following their infamous getaway to Taree, NSW which left the pair with fines from the NRL and NSW police, as well as a court hearing relating to gun charges.
Now national team head coach Mal Meninga has claimed both stars had stayed out late before their 16-12 loss last November.
‘‘I didn’t know it until after the event, but they were out scootering [riding scooters] until pretty late,’’ Meninga told The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘‘Look, they were not out drinking alcohol. Our security made me aware they were out until 1 or 2am. There were players from other teams out as well.’’
Last week Meninga questioned the duo's commitment to the game and has expressed his disappointment in their actions.
"One of those things is about being good role models. When you put on the green and gold jersey, you accept that responsibility to be a leader in our game and in the community", he said on Fox League.
"They have shown they can't be trusted, for me, it makes me look at whether they are deserving of a green and gold jersey."
Now the league legend has linked both incidents together and did not paint a pretty picture for the two players.
‘‘It’s not because of the scootering, it’s because of what happened right now,’’ Meninga said.
‘‘What they did was not naive; it didn’t consider the sacrifices that everyone else has made and has been making.’
‘‘This is not a personal attack. It’s about not making poor decisions. What they did was about jeopardising the future of the game, given the delicate situation the game is in.’’