Craig Bellamy reveals he didn’t think Cameron Munster could quit booze – until a telltale sign
Storm coach Craig Bellamy reveals he didn’t think Cameron Munster could give up the booze — and the telltale sign that convinced him the star is okay with being off the booze
- Munster infamously showed up to 2020 Origin camp and felt the effects of booze
- He handed in a player of the series to get a memorable win
- However, it masked the problem and now Munster has stopped using the drink since 2022
- Bellamy says he knows Munster isn’t relapsing for one important reason:
Craig Bellamy has expressed pride over Storm star Cameron Munster amid the five-eighth’s self-imposed liquor ban.
It had only been two years since Cameron Munster built up a bravado after a few drinks to ask then-Queensland coach Wayne Bennett to show up for an extra 24 hours at Origin camp.
Bennett hung up. He would tear up New South Wales in one of the greatest underdog performances of all time, but his drinking problems were obvious to all.
Maroon legend Johnthan Thurston enjoys a cold with Munster ahead of the ban
Munster went to rehab and hasn’t touched a drop since, and Bellamy pinned the moment when he knew for good that his star man wouldn’t touch the grog.
“He tells me, and he usually doesn’t chat to me, that he doesn’t miss alcohol,” Bellamy said The Sydney Morning Herald†
“If someone had said three years ago that they wouldn’t miss it, I wouldn’t have believed them.
“When we’ve had a few beers after the Storm games, or the next day when we’re together, it’s the normal Cameron, but without a beer in his hand, just a soda.
“He’s not kidding me. He’s fine with not drinking.
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‘I’m really proud of him. At the beginning of the year, I may have been skeptical that he would last. But now I’d be surprised if he relapsed.”
Even after Origin I this year, when the rest of the Maroons devoured the sponsor’s product, Munster politely declined when no one minded enjoying a few cans to relish the win.
“It’s been easy, I don’t care about drinking beer anymore,” Munster said MONKEY†
“I haven’t had any urges or the feeling that I’m missing anything. I can still enjoy my life and have a good time without having a beer.
“Everyone is very good at it. when alf [Allan Langer] gets some drinks in him, he wants his little friend back. But everyone has supported me.’
Munster celebrates with teammates after winning Game 3 of the 2020 State of Origin series
Munster added that staying away from the drink had brought a new brightness that made him a better player.
“Not drinking, being fitter (means I’m) a little bit more present in games and training,” he said.
‘Giving the younger boys who come through a lot more, a little more guidance, that gives me a much more kick.’
Munster takes a selfie with fans after game one of the 2022 State of Origin series
But eventually it comes back to his family. When Munster looked at himself in the mirror last year, he knew change was essential in the best interests of his partner Bianca and son Jackson.
“He didn’t have to do this for his football,” Bellamy said.
“He would still play in the first division and there would have been people who wanted him on their team somewhere.
“But he has other reasons for staying off the grog — because he has more to lose than football.”