Just a matter of weeks after a boozy bust-up with Kangaroo and Queensland teammate Ben Hunt, an alleged string of off-field incidents have left the premiership winning five-eighth off the mark with players and coaches alike, including Cameron Smith and Craig Bellamy.
Blessed with undoubted sky-high potential, Munster would attract interest from nearly every club in the NRL, though Melbourne has already assured their fans the incumbent Maroon is going nowhere.
Following the rep retirement of Jonathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk, Munster has been heavily touted the wear the six jersey after a stellar debut in Game III last year.
But if head coach Kevvie Walters is really a man of his word, then Munster won’t be near Queensland’s squad this year.
“We’re trying to protect the brand of Queensland Rugby League and State of Origin” Walters said at the time.
If Walters wants to protect the brand of the QRL and State of Origin, then Munster shouldn’t be allowed to play.
A constant string of off-field incidences, including a drunken squabble with a teammate, isn’t something that defines the Queensland Maroon’s.
The state has an undoubtedly strong culture, and any hit to that could be ginormous. Especially when it surrounds the man inheriting Jonathan Thurston’s number six jersey, formerly worn by Darren Lockyer.
True legends of the game.
While it’s just over three months to go until Origin, if the reports are true, then Walters needs to show Queensland that the culture comes first, not the victories.