GREAT OF THE GAME: Queensland’s Greg Inglis.
GREAT OF THE GAME: Queensland’s Greg Inglis. DAVE HUNT

GI joining very select group

MANY a New South Wales fan probably still feels Greg Inglis should be running around in a Blues jumper.

Tonight, however, he will join a select club of only nine players since 1980 to have played 30 games for Queensland.

It qualifies Inglis, born in the small NSW township of Bowraville, on the outskirts of Kempsey, for FOGS (Former Origin Greats) ambassadorship.

He will become the sixth back to earn the honour.

Three forwards - Petero Civoniceva and two who are still playing, Cameron Smith and Nate Myles - make up the nine who have reached the milestone.


Under Origin's eligibility rules at the time, Inglis elected to play for Queensland - a sore point with NSW fans who respect his ability but feel he should be wearing a sky blue jumper.

Inglis holds the record for Origin tries, 17, one more than Queensland teammate Darius Boyd.

But Inglis hasn't crossed the try line so far this series, which could spell big trouble for the Blues given his impressive record of scoring at least once in eight of his previous 10 series.

Maroons coach Kevin Walters rated him one of Queensland's best in the second Origin game and believed teammates needed to get the man known simply as "GI" more heavily involved in attack.

"I thought GI was outstanding in Game II and we intend to give him as much possession as we can because we know he is a very dangerous player," Walters said.

Asked if he had noticed any "issues" with Inglis in camp after suggestions he was carrying a knee injury, Walters responded: "He's big and fast and strong - that's what I see.

"He's completed all the sessions required of him.

"He's an Origin player, loves and excels in that arena. This being his 30th Origin, I am sure he'll be ready to put in one of those special performances he does for Queensland.

"He hasn't scored a try this series but he loves putting the maroon jumper on and the boys have to make sure his 30th is as special as his first game."

100 Games for Origin: Sports Reporter Wayne "Ticker" Heming has covered Origin since 1980.
100 Games for Origin: Sports Reporter Wayne "Ticker" Heming has covered Origin since 1980.