NRL star Latrell Mitchell is approaching 150 competitive games and he’s hoping his brother can take part in the special occasion.
Shaquai Mitchell made his NRL debut last year and after a trying preseason was rewarded with a bench spot for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in their Round 1 game against the Cronulla Sharks.
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Latrell will start as a full-back for the Rabbitohs, while older brother Shaquai will be hoping to make an impact off the bench early in the new season.
The two brothers played together for the Indigenous All Stars during the last NRL All Stars game, and Latrell said he’s looking forward to playing with his brother again this weekend.
“I can’t wait to play with him,” Latrell told 7NEWS reporter Michelle Bishop at the launch of the new Creed III movie, which was attended by South’s teammate Tim Tszyu and other sports personalities.
“I can’t wait for him to play a few more games.
“I’ve got 150 (150th NRL game) ahead of me and I hope he’s a part of that.”
Latrell, who joked “50 Cent” would play him in a film, made his NRL debut with the Sydney Roosters in 2016 and has had a successful career, winning a Premiership, a State of Origin series with NSW and a World Cup with Australia.
The Rabbitohs full-back has played 144 NRL games and is on track to reach the 150 milestone earlier in the season.
Kangaroos teammate Angus Crichton, who played with Latrell for the Roosters, was recently diagnosed with bipolar disorder and is indefinitely ruled out of the NRL.
Latrell said he was in touch with Crichton and the two remain good friends.
“I reached out to his (Angus Crichton’s) father today,” Mitchell said.
“I wanted to make sure they were okay and that’s the kind of person I am.
“I wanted to reach out and do my best.
“I have a good connection with Charlie, his old man, and Gusy (Angus Crichton), we won a competition together.
“I wanted to make sure he was okay.”
Latrell played a starring role in the Rabbitohs’ recent Charity Shield win over the St. George Illawarra Dragons. Cameras captured the heartwarming moment he comforted Dragons full-back Tyrell Sloan after the game.
“Sloany (Tyrell Sloan) just came to see me, we spent a week together in New Zealand (during All Stars week) and I know him really well,” Mitchell said.
“I know him really well, we had a connection over there (in New Zealand) and we’ve had a connection for a very long time.
“He’s my little brother and I love him.”
Indigenous All-Stars teammate and Sharks star Nicho Hynes weathered the “toughest time” of his life when his mother was jailed on drug charges, and Mitchell praised Hynes and his leadership.
“He (Nicho Hynes) is a great leader and I’ve known Nicho for a very long time,” Mitchell said.
“All credit to him for presenting himself, he’s the man.”
https://7news.com.au/sport/rugby-league/rabbitohs-star-latrell-mitchell-closing-in-on-150-nrl-games-as-brother-shaquai-earns-spot-on-the-bench–c-9904357 Rabbitohs star Latrell Mitchell completes 150 NRL games as brother Shaquai earns a spot on the bench