Greg Inglis

Shepparton News - - VIEWPOINT -

Happy birth­day to­day to Aus­tralian rugby league star Greg Inglis (1987-). Inglis’ dream of lead­ing the Kan­ga­roos was dashed last year when he was caught drink driv­ing mere hours after be­ing an­nounced as na­tional skip­per. Inglis was stripped of the Aus­tralian cap­taincy and had a two-Test sus­pen­sion, de­spite the South Syd­ney su­per­star ini­tially stand­ing his ground. He was charged with midrange drink driv­ing and speed­ing and pleaded guilty in Syd­ney court. Born in Kempsey, NSW, Inglis started play­ing rugby league at a young age with his cousins. At 15, he was spot­ted at a ju­nior sports car­ni­val and within a mat­ter of months was signed to the Mel­bourne Storm. But it was not un­til 2005, fol­low­ing a bumper sea­son with Bris­bane’s Norths Devils, that Inglis was fi­nally added to the Storm’s full-time play­ing ros­ter. He made his NRL de­but for the club that year against Par­ra­matta be­fore be­com­ing the team’s full­back and winger re­place­ment. Inglis was con­tro­ver­sially named to Queens­land’s State of Ori­gin side in 2006, de­spite ques­tions about his el­i­gi­bil­ity. An in­jury-plagued sea­son could not stop him se­cur­ing a mega four-year deal with the Storm and mak­ing his Aus­tralian Test de­but. With his switch to five-eighth in 2007 came his first grand fi­nal win, a feat repli­cated in 2009, and Clive Churchill Medal. He con­tin­ued his good form to claim rugby league’s Golden Boot award in 2009 as the world’s best player. Inglis, who re­placed Cameron Smith as Queens­land skip­per this year, re­turned to lead the Rab­bitohs to a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal berth last year. Next sea­son he will have a new coach in Wayne Ben­nett. Inglis is mar­ried to Sally Robin­son.

Pic­ture: AAP Im­age/Joel Car­rett

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