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NRL news 2024: Tyrone Munro, debut, South Sydney Rabbitohs, journey to first grade, ankle injury, return date, who will start on the wing

Tyrone Munro’s life has “changed a lot” since making his NRL debut for the Rabbitohs — but his mum still makes him do the dishes each night.

The 20-year-old rising star sat down with foxsports.com.au to reflect on his rapid rise in 2023 that saw him play SG Ball, Jersey Flegg, New South Wales Cup and NRL all in the space of six months.

“I never thought I would’ve done that,” he admitted when asked about his debut season.

“My goal was to just play one, maybe two games of Cup. I just had to take it step by step, adapt to it and take the opportunities with both hands.”

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What makes his journey even more incredible is the fact he spent six weeks on the sideline at the start of last season with a fractured collarbone.

Unfortunately bad luck has struck Munro again with the young winger currently nursing an ankle injury.

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Munro tore ligaments in his ankle during the Rabbitohs’ pre-season camp earlier this month. He’s expected to miss the trials but will be fully fit by the club’s historic Round 1 clash with Manly in Las Vegas.

The Moree product grew up a mad Rabbitohs fan that idolised Greg Inglis. Now he’s beginning to experience what it’s like to be in the spotlight.

Just minutes before this interview, Munro was approached by a man and his son asking for a photo and to sign a jersey.

“I used to be one of those little kids so it’s a dream come true,” he said when asked about it.

Munro may only be three games into what is tipped to be a big career, but those three games have had a major impact on him.

“It’s (life) changed a lot. From playing Cup to NRL your life just changes in a matter of 80 minutes,” he said.

Munro made his debut in Round 18 against the Warriors at Go Media Stadium. He announced himself with a try and try assist.

“I just remember being so nervous, I get goosebumps talking about it now,” he said.

“I remember when I was about to run on thinking ‘I’m about to play NRL’. It was crazy.

“I just had to try and focus on my job. But I remember when I scored my try, that’s when I got a confidence boost.”

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The softly-spoken ‘Ty Ty’, as he is affectionately known, also recalled the moment coach Jason Demetriou broke the news to him — and how he tried to keep it cool around his teammates.

“We were all sitting in a group having snacks and he called us over. I thought ‘what’s this going to be about’,” Munro said.

“He said ‘make sure you have passports and everything sorted’ and then he said ‘Ty Ty you’re going to make your debut’.

“I was shocked at the time, I didn’t know what to say, I was speechless. I had no idea. I got pretty upset but I didn’t want to cry in front of the boys, I wanted to play it cool.”

The club flew Munro’s mum, aunty and best friend over to New Zealand to watch him achieve a lifelong dream.

“I can’t thank the club enough. They got her passport in a matter of two days to make sure she (mum) was there,” he said.

Having his mum there meant the world to Munro.

“She’s my everything. She pushed me, she’s done everything for me. She comes to every game, she’s my number one supporter,” he said with a big smile on his face that showed off his braces.

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Mum doesn’t get sucked into the hype around her son’s career taking off though because as Munro admitted “when I come home I’ve still got to do the dishes and still have to clean up.”

Munro has come a long way from the teen that was once overlooked by the Rabbitohs’ Harold Matthews selectors.

“I think it was the first year of Harold Matthews… At the time I was playing local footy for Botany Rams,” he recalled.

“I didn’t get selected. I didn’t really train or take it seriously. But when that happened I thought ‘I’m going to work for it and do it the professional way.’

“It made me work harder.”

The professional way has served him well. He won the NSW Cup premiership and State Championship last year with the Bunnies and is now pushing for a regular spot on the wing in first grade.

When asked if he’s ready for the rigours of playing NRL every week, he said: “Yeah, I’m ready. I’ve just got to train hard and do all the little things.”

Source website: www.foxsports.com.au

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