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Inglis says embattled Bronco must become role model

James Roberts during a  Brisbane Broncos training session.
James Roberts during a Brisbane Broncos training session. DAVE HUNT

RUGBY LEAGUE: Test star Greg Inglis has issued a timely reminder to under-fire Broncos centre James Roberts.

Roberts has found himself in the headlines again for off-field reasons, this time being accused of pulling a female's hair in a Gold Coast club earlier this month.

Insufficient evidence means the young flyer has escaped immediate punishment from the NRL and the club, but the governing body is keeping the case open in the event more evidence comes to hand.

Brisbane Broncos chief Paul White revealed on Wednesday Roberts has put himself on a booze ban for the foreseeable future.

It's the second time in the space of 12 months Roberts has put a ban on his drinking habits, after an incident midway through last season where he allegedly abused staff at a Brisbane pub before being wrestled unconscious and being put in an ambulance. He subsequently checked into a rehabilitation facility.

His rap sheet is long - beginning with an unceremonious departure from South Sydney in 2011 followed by a sacking from Penrith two years later.

Now closing in on 24 years of age, Roberts' NRL career can barely take another controversy.

Words of advice ... South Sydney Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis.
Words of advice ... South Sydney Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Inglis has now sent the young talent a message.

"In these cases I think the most important thing you've got to remember is you are role models,” Inglis told foxsports.com.au.

"The NRL has been really good about sending the message out, if you think you have a problem go see your welfare manager at the club.

"Everyone has been young once, we've just got to be role models in the community and act in the right way.”

Inglis and Roberts crossed paths when the latter played made his NRL debut with the Rabbitohs in 2011, and would play 10 games that year before being shown the door.

Roberts has long been touted as one of the game's most exciting outside backs, and has been considered on the cusp of State of Origin for NSW which would likely see him line up opposite Inglis.

The 30-year-old South Sydney veteran says Roberts will be one of the best centres in the NRL if he can stay on the straight and narrow.

"He is, no doubt about that,” Inglis said.

"Broncos will obviously have things in place up there to keep him on the right track. I wish him all the best and he will be a super talent of the future.”

Topics:  brisbane broncos greg inglis james roberts nrl nrl integrity unit


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