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Larry Corowa advice for Rabbitohs gun Latrell Mitchell; Tigers sleeve sponsor drama

Indigenous legend Larry Corowa has urged Latrell Mitchell to be more of a team player to help the Rabbitohs out of their early season slump.

Like his teammates, Mitchell has had a patchy start to the new season, with the club at the bottom of the ladder after three rounds.

But Corowa believes the star fullback needs to change his mindset to get the Bunnies back on track.

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“Latrell doesn’t do himself any favours – he just needs to concentrate on being the class player he is and do everything to win for the team,” the former Balmain and Test great said.

“He needs to let his football do the talking – stop looking at the big screen, stop intimidating.

“Be a team player and everyone will love the new Latrell. Put your head down, train harder, simple… and the results will come.”

As the first true Indigenous superstar in rugby league, Corowa is well aware of the pressures on Mitchell – the highest profile Aboriginal player in the game at the moment.

Mitchell was booed every time he touched the ball by the Roosters crowd at Allianz Stadium last Friday night, probably partly because he was a former Rooster and partly because of the swearing on air controversy he was involved in the previous week.

“I didn’t have many haters back in the day – they were pretty much all good supporters from every team,” Corowa said.

“But when I did cop some stick it just made me more determined to try harder and Latrell needs to take the same approach.”

NRL RULE COSTS TIGERS $200K

The NRL’s strict rules and regulations governing licensing are likely to cost the Tigers a $200,000 sponsor.

A courier company was set to take up the club’s sleeve sponsorship but pulled out due to a conflict of interest with another sponsor.

But a successful donut company franchise – Franky and Co – agreed to jump in and take up the sleeve sponsorship – only to be told they are likely to be barred due to the NRL‘s rules.

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“Apparently once the final jersey is sent to the NRL, it cannot be changed,” an insider told Wide World of Sports.

“It’s a pity because the club could have got some good coin and now it’s not going to happen.”

Wide World of Sports contacted the NRL for comment.

REAL REASON FOR BULLDOG’S NEW LOOK

Liam Knight’s ‘Billy Idol’ bleach blonde hairdo caused plenty of comment from fans and the media when he took the field against the Titans last weekend.

It was hardly a flattering look – but Knight was not trying to make a fashion statement at Belmore before a near full house as the Dogs recorded their first win of the season.

The truth is, he adopted the striking new hair colour as a player fine for a minor infraction of team rules.

From the reaction Knight got throughout the game, he won’t be late for training anytime soon!

ORIGIN FORWARD ON THE MOVE?

Which former State of Origin front-rower could be heading for a warmer climate – and soon!

The player has been deemed surplus to requirements at his current club but is being chased by a team north of the border.

It’s just a question of whether the two clubs can come to an arrangement and if they can, he will be packing his bags sometime in April.

It’s all very hush hush at the moment… but standby for an announcement..

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