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SportMinority of players tainting entire NRL, says Wests Tigers back Mahe Fonua

03:40  14 march  2019
03:40  14 march  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Wests Tigers back Mahe Fonua says it's only a small percentage of NRL players behaving badly and has urged fans and the media to remember the good things many of his teammates and opponents do in the community.

With the new season set to kick off tonight, the NRL can finally leave behind the most scandal-ridden off-season in the code's history.

The damaging headlines flowed thick and fast, ranging from the criminal to the just plain stupid, but Fonua - who will start on the right wing for the Tigers against Manly at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday - argues it's unfair to paint the whole league with the same brush.

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Mahe Fonua (born 24 December 1992) is a Tongan international rugby league footballer who plays as a winger or centre for the Wests Tigers in the NRL .

Speaking on League Life on Wednesday night, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the littany of off-field controversies have "done enormous damage to the Fonua , who joined the Tigers last year after two seasons in the Super League , is acutely aware of the image the game has in the public, but says

"It's unfortunate that there's a minority of players that get into trouble and that affects everyone," Fonua told Sporting News.

"There could've been five or six incidents that have happened over the off-season, but there's about 400 registered NRL players.

"Those five or six people have just labelled us all at the moment."

Speaking on League Life on Wednesday night, NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said the littany of off-field controversies have "done enormous damage to the game."

The NRL has been putting out fires since before Christmas, with Jack de Belin, Dylan Walker, Tyrone May and Dylan Napa all creating headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Fonua, who joined the Tigers last year after two seasons in the Super League, is acutely aware of the image the game has in the public, but says there are far more positive stories than negative ones.

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"I know for a fact that there's boys out there doing things that don't get shown," he said.

"There's good things that they do and they don't get the credit for it or the airtime or the media.

"Sometimes people don't like being in the limelight, they like being behind the scenes and just getting that feeling of accomplishment and making someone else feel better.

"But maybe if the media could go and chase up those good acts that players are doing, maybe the public wouldn't automatically assume all NRL players are this or that."

Fonua's Tigers coach Michael Maguire agreed, saying there are many more positive stories to be found.

"It's tough, but there's also a lot of great players out there doing great things," Maguire said on Thursday morning.

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"I think there's a very small percentage that the noise is created from. But there's a very large percentage of the players out there doing great things.

"I see a lot of my players here going out to charities and looking after young kids who turn up here. We've got a lot of young supporters who turn up here and they walk out on the field and the players embrace them.

"You see a lot of smiles and there's a lot of great things going on in our game."

With his signature mullet - he's been working on it for two years - and multitude of tattoos, there probably aren't many other NRL players who are stereotyped as much as Fonua is, but that perception is far from the truth.

"People just have the standard (reaction) 'he has a mullet and tattoos' and straight away they think I'm a scary person," he said.

"But if people get to know me, straight away you know I'm a bubbly person and I love a chat.

"I'm sure when they first see me they see a scary Polynesian guy with tattoos and a mullet, but I don't mind a chat - young fans, old fans - you can make someone's day purely with a five minute chat."

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