Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Munster Swears off Alcohol; Rocky's NRL Star Admits to His Issues

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Munster Swears off Alcohol; Rocky's NRL Star Admits to His Issues

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Byline: Peter Badel Exclusive

QUEENSLAND Origin star Cameron Munster has opened up about his battle with booze and admits he needed to change his ways or risk being sacked by Melbourne.

In the most brutally honest interview of his career, Munster has broken a four-month silence, detailing his alcohol-fuelled World Cup campaign and how his ego spiralled out of control.

The 23-year-old addressed reports of a bust-up with Kangaroos teammate Ben Hunt and spoke of his future at the Storm, revealing his commitment to the club by enacting a booze ban.

Munster insists he is not an alcoholic but says the support of the Storm, which has included counselling, and some honest words from coach Craig Bellamy and skipper Cameron Smith, have been a wake-up call.

"I'll be honest, I have carried on like a d---head. I had to change," Munster said.

"There have been rumours going around about my attitude with alcohol and rightly so. I needed to sort myself out because I almost burnt some bridges with some people at the Storm.

"I've got some issues off the field.

"On the field, I've got no problems at all. I love playing footy and I'll back myself as much as I can on the field but I'm working with some things with the club off the field and going in some directions.

"One of those directions is getting off the piss for a while. I've been seven weeks sober and I'm happy with that, I'm going along with it.

"I had to turn over a new page and this is the start of it for me now. I need to find a balance in my life and mend the bridges I broke."

One of those bridges came in the form of Australian coach Mal Meninga, who was deeply concerned with Munster's conduct during last year's World Cup.

Riding high after Melbourne's premiership win, Munster went into his first Kangaroos camp feeling bulletproof. He put on 5kg during the World Cup as his stint in the green-hand-gold turned into a boozy, month-long premiership after-party.

After an alcohol-fuelled incident with Hunt during Australia's stay in Darwin for their quarter-final, Munster was read the riot act. …

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