Greg Inglis has been suspended for Australia's two-Tests tour of New Zealand after being charged with drink driving just hours after he was appointed as Test captain.
Australian Coach Mal Meninga and NRL CEO Todd Greenberg agreed on the sanction after the Australian captain was charged with drink driving and speeding yesterday.
They said in a statement released this afternoon, it was important to uphold the principles of the RISE values (Respect, Inspire, Selfless, Excellence), adopted by the Kangaroos.
Mr Greenberg said it was a difficult decision to suspend Inglis who had such an exemplary record over a long period of time.
“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.
“It is a mark of the man that he has accepted responsibility for his actions and I have no doubt he will overcome this setback and retain his status as a true leader in our game.”
The 31-year-old had been driving home from the Koori Knockout tournament in Dubbo when he was pulled over in Lithgow, after being clocked speeding and returning a positive blood alcohol test.
"I'm sincerely apologetic," he said.
"I know where I stand in the game as a role model to the community and what I have been charged with is unacceptable on my behalf.
"I have the full support of the team (Rabbitohs) behind me and we'll just move forward from here."