Angus Crichton, Latrell Mitchell, Roosters, Rabbitohs, World Cup Teammates, Bipolar Disorder, Nicho Hynes, Tyrell Sloan, Charity Shield, Indigenous All-Stars

Latrell Mitchell put the Rabbitohs-Roosters rivalry on hold to give his World Cup-winning teammate Angus Crichton a hug.

Crichton has been sidelined due to a mental illness, and his father Charlie confirmed the gun backer has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

The 27-year-old will not return to Roosters training for at least 10 weeks before an assessment of his well-being is carried out.

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Rabbitohs superstar Mitchell, who won a Premiership with Crichton at the Roosters in 2019, caught up with Charlie and family on Tuesday.

“I reached out to his dad, I just wanted to make sure they were okay, and that’s the kind of person I am, I’m trying to do my best,” Mitchell said.

“I have a good connection with Charlie his old man and Gussy, we won a competition together so I just wanted to make sure he was ok and they’re going well.

“It is what it is and I don’t want to comment too much on it, it’s their personal life and what they’re going through and the media needs to leave it alone now and let him heal and do what he needs to do.”

Rooster’s backrower Angus Crichton and Rabbitoh’s full-back Latrell Mitchell. GettySource: Getty Images


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Mitchell also praised his Indigenous All-Stars teammate Nicho Hynes for addressing “the hardest time of my life” after his mother’s arrest for supplying heroin.

Hynes said he wants to be an inspiration to other Indigenous children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds so they can still make the NRL.

“He’s a great leader and I’ve known Nicho for a very long time and it’s all credit to him and how he presents himself, he’s the man,” Mitchell said.

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Mitchell also opened up about his moment with Dragons full-back Tyrell Sloan after the Charity Shield.

Sloan was visibly upset after Souths cruised to an impressive 42-24 as the Dragons’ young gun made several individual errors.

The 20-year-old got emotional when his Indigenous All-Stars teammate Mitchell offered a shoulder to cry on full-time.

“Sloany just came to see me, we spent a week together in New Zealand, I know him really well and we had this connection over there,” Mitchell said.

“We’ve had a connection for a very long time and he’s my little brother and I love him so that’s why he came to me.”

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