Former NSW star Timana Tahu, will be sacked from his role in player development following his comments that linked Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker’s boycott of the Australian national anthem to their axing in the second State of Origin game.
NSWRL chief executive David Trodden said Tahu’s remarks in a NITV collumn were “seriously misguided” and were on a “completely different page” to the values of the entire organisation.
Tahu acknowledged that their controversial stance on the anthem wasn’t the sole reason, but it played a role. The indigenous pair had decided not to sing “Advance Australia Fair” before the first Origin game in Suncorp Stadium.
“Even though there are selectors, the politics come into it and I feel like some old boys might have come in and shared their two cents with the coach,” Tahu wrote.
“We are a country where a lot of people have come from overseas and made this place home. It’s something that the boys involved had a strong feeling about it.
“Did it cost some of them their positions in the team? I think yes and no.”
“I’ve read the comments which were attributed to him and if they’re accurately attributed to him, he needs to have a serious think about what he said,’’ NSWRL chief executive David Trodden told The Daily Telegraph.
“Because if he thinks that’s what has happened, then that reflects more on him and the standards that he sets for himself than it does on (coach) Freddy [Fittler] or anybody to do with NSWRL.”
It was also suggested that an ARL commissioner approached Trodden with similar beliefs to Tahu, but Trodden denies this claim.
The second match in the 2019 State of Origin will be held this Sunday at Optus Stadium and the full team lists can be found here.