Latrell Mitchell says he hopes there will be opportunities for the Native All Stars team to tour abroad in the future, but he prefers it not to be at the expense of the Kangaroos in a Rugby League World Cup.
Mitchell returned to Sydney on Tuesday morning, just days after scoring two tries in Australia’s 30-10 win over Samoa in the World Cup final. The South Sydney superstar was initially reluctant to tour, given the long spell away from home and family, but she described it on her return as one of the best experiences of her career.
“They were never going to beat us,” said Mitchell, who was in Darling Harbor for the weigh-in for the Paul Gallen-Justin Hodges clash. “It was more, ‘How do we win?’ and make sure we click on the team. And we did.
“I didn’t want to put myself in a position there to pass and lose. They were all like that, we were all on the same page from day one. We really enjoyed the experience. It is something I will remember and cherish forever. Australian World Cup [jersey] It goes straight to my man cave, for sure. And my boots.
Mitchell has been one of the biggest supporters of the Native All Stars match and will surely be available for the pre-season clash against the Maori All Stars. The new indigenous coach, Ron Griffiths, is pushing for the team to participate in the next World Cup, but Mitchell said there were better ways to promote the team.
“What is happening now [with the Kangaroos], it’s hard to break that,” Mitchell said. “You talk about dividing a country; there are other ways of looking at it. I don’t want to comment on it too much or blow it out of proportion.
“For the Indigenous All Stars we could tour a bit more. Instead of just playing the Maori All Stars, we could tour England and play England, do that kind of thing.
“That’s probably the best chance we can get. Us [could] do [other things while playing] for Australia get an indigenous shirt to play or start dancing or acting or something small. We can make everything fit and be proud of the country.”