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Sport 'I would be in jail without footy': State of Origin star Latrell Mitchell opens up about life as a young indigenous man growing up in a country town

02:35  08 june  2018
02:35  08 june  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Joey's warning to NSW after Billy bombshell

  Joey's warning to NSW after Billy bombshell Blues legend Andrew Johns had bad news for NSW fans hoping that Billy Slater's representative retirement would hurt Queensland in this year's Origin series.Slater, 34, has been a part of the strongest run for Queensland in Origin history, winning 11 of the last 12 series.

Try time: Latrell Mitchell goes over in the second half. As an Indigenous kid growing up on the north coast, the numbers were against him; just like they were up against Greg Inglis and James Roberts and most young Indigenous men in this country .

NSW have come from behind to score a 22-12 win over Queensland in State of Origin I at the MCG. "All I want them to do now is go back and represent their club footy really well, forget about this But there was no denying the Blues who finally lived up to bookies' favouritism as Latrell Mitchell (48th)

a person smiling for the camera: Latrell Mitchell has reflected after his spectacular Origin performance on the struggles indigenous youth from the country face© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Latrell Mitchell has reflected after his spectacular Origin performance on the struggles indigenous youth from the country face Latrell Mitchell silenced all those who questioned his State of Origin call up on Wednesday night - crossing the line and helping to secure a Blues victory.

The 20-year-old Origin rookie barrelled through three Maroons defenders to score during the 48th minute in a turning point for NSW that saw them level the score early in the second half.

The young player from Taree on the central NSW coast has reflected after his spectacular performance on the struggles indigenous youth from the country face and how others have not have had the opportunities rugby has given him.

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# Origin Now I understand I didn't grow up with the game but isn't a forward pass penalized? “All I want them to do now is go back and represent their club footy really well, forget about this one.” But there was no denying the Blues who finally lived up to bookies’ favouritism as Latrell Mitchell (48th)

But there was no denying the Blues who finally lived up to bookies' favouritism as Latrell Mitchell (48th), Tom Trbojevic (50th) and Josh Addo-Carr (70th) crossed in the second "If the Maroons win this one it would be the biggest upset in State of Origin history," Lewis told Macquarie Sports Radio.

'Believe me, there are far more talented indigenous kids running around up there than me,' Mitchell said.

'I often think more talent scouts should go up there and see what is around, but they don't.'

a rugby player with a football ball: Latrell Mitchell crossing the line during the 48th minute of State of Origin game one© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Latrell Mitchell crossing the line during the 48th minute of State of Origin game one Mitchell's impressive character was on display in his Origin debut, keeping his cool in the face of Maroons centre Will Chambers continuous attempts to intimidate him.

'It makes him angrier,' Mitchell said in a post-game interview about ignoring Chambers attempts at throwing him off.

'I've had plenty of experience at it. He does it every game. It doesn't matter. That's how he plays and how he goes about things. I just went and done what I needed to do.'

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  Comment: Inside the first NSW team meeting when Fittler laid down the law The rookie Blues coach always said he was picking players on character ahead of ability for Origin I. He reminded them in brutal fashion on Monday night.As always, with both life and rugby league, it took the great “Rampaging” Roy Slaven to perfectly articulate this week what State of Origin is all about.

Blues fullback James Tedesco is keen to use his experience and preparation to help the likes of Josh Addo-Carr, Latrell Mitchell and James Roberts Billy's retiring does open up that opportunity at the end of the year, but I don't want to think about Kangaroo selection. I just want to play good footy here

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Speaking last year about his humble beginnings, Mitchell said that coming from Taree as an indigenous person you had two options.

'Get out of this town and make a name for yourself or you go another way and go to jail.'

a man holding a football ball: Latrell Mitchell celebrating with NSW teammates after scoring during Origin game one© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Latrell Mitchell celebrating with NSW teammates after scoring during Origin game one Mitchell was the leading point scorer for the Roosters in his debut NRL season and was key in the Roosters climbing the table to finish runner-up in the 2017 premiership.

With his impressive Origin debut added to his resume, he is fast cementing himself as one of the greats of the new generation of players.

Campbell-Gillard, Mitchell suffer injuries .
NSW's Reagan Campbell-Gillard (jaw) and Latrell Mitchell (neck) could be in doubt for Game II of the State of Origin series for NSW after suffering injuries.The pair will head for scans on Saturday morning following Friday night's bloodbath at Allianz Stadium, where three Origin stars were taken from the field in the Sydney Roosters' win over Penrith.

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