Greg Inglis avoids conviction for drink driving

Greg Inglis will remain Souths’ captain and will not be penalised any further by the club after he was given an 18-month good behaviour bond on Monday over a drink-driving charge.

Rabbitohs’ general manager of football Shane Richardson has confirmed that Inglis was free to play for the Rabbitohs in their trial against Penrith Panthers on February 23 and the Charity Shield clash against St George Illawarra Dragons on March 2.

Inglis will also be available for selection in the Indigenous All Stars side to play the Maori at AAMI Park in Melbourne on February 15.

Inglis said: “On the proceedings today, I’m very grateful for James [Jordan, solicitor] and his team for getting the outcome.

“Regardless of the outcome, it was a very poor decision on my behalf before the incident happened and I’m very sorry and remorseful.

“I try and be a positive role model in the community, around the club and Australia.

“It’s about getting back into training now and be a positive role model in the community that I can be.”

The incident dates back to the NRL Grand Final weekend last October, when Inglis took part in the Indigenous tournament the Koori Knockout in Dubbo as the Rabbitohs had already been knocked out of the NRL finals.

Inglis also picked up a speeding ticket for doing 99kmh in an 80kmh zone. He was stripped of the Australia captaincy and was suspended from two of the Kangaroos’ internationals in October.

The centre or full-back pleaded guilty to that infringement and to driving with a mid-range blood alcohol reading during an earlier court appearance in late November.

In the hearing chief magistrate Graeme Henson noted Inglis’ remorse, his driving and playing suspensions and his work in the community.

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