Sport State of Origin: Cameron Smith's advice for new captain Greg Inglis

00:51  06 june  2018
00:51  06 june  2018 Source:

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Earlier in the day, Greg Inglis was confirmed as Queensland’s new captain while veterans Boyd and Scott were overlooked for this year’s Origin opener. Inglis takes over as skipper following Cameron Smith ’ s shock retirement and will lead a new -look team

Greg Inglis looking at the camera© Provided by Sportal com au

New South Wales might not have seen the last of Cameron Smith yet.

The veteran skipper stepped away from the representative arena this year along with Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

And while he won't be running out with the Maroons at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday night, Smith has been a visible figure in the lead-up to the series opener.

As Kevin Walters' team was rocked by a series of injuries to key players Smith made an appearance at Queensland training on Tuesday.

New Maroons captain, Greg Inglis, revealed that Smith had been consulted when picking a replacement for Slater at fullback.

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GI a natural fit for captaincy . I may be from New South Wales, but the significance of Greg Inglis (also from New South Wales) being named as the third With Cameron Smith ' s shock retirement from representative football, it felt to me that GI was the natural fit for the next Maroons captain .

Gregory Paul Inglis (born 15 January 1987) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the National Rugby League.

"We have full confidence in Michael Morgan," Inglis said on Queenslanders Only.

"We sat down when we heard the news, Kevvie and I, and I just waited for him to make the phone call to Geno (Gene Miles) and Locky (Darren Lockyer) and we had a little input from Cam Smith as well.

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The first State of Origin shield, depicting Queensland' s Wally Lewis and New South Wales' Brett Kenny. It also had Johnathan Thurston raise the Origin Shield with Queensland Captain Cameron Smith , before being chaired off the ground Most tries: 18 Greg Inglis (2006–present) (Queensland).

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"We think this is in the best interests of the team. Morgo's been there before and we've put him in at fullback before and he's capable of doing the job."

Inglis, who will captain Queensland for the first time, says Smith had given him some insights into what the role entails.

"Having Smithy's presence around camp really gave the boys an extra boost," he said.

"He's a 42-game veteran of Origin football, which is unheard of.

"Having him around in his hometown was something and I think he just wanted to be a part of the team another time.

"He let me do my own thing and said 'mate, just go out there and be you. Kevvie, Geno and Locky said that as well.

"It's an honour and a privilege to lead Queensland."

Inglis best leader in Aussie sport: Johns .
The praise for Greg Inglis' debut as Queensland captain in <g class="gr_ gr_3 gr-alert gr_gramm gr_inline_cards gr_run_anim Grammar only-ins replaceWithoutSep" data-gr-id="3" id="3">State</g> of Origin hasn't stopped with Matthew Johns calling him the best leader in Australian sport.Greg Inglis has been hailed the best leader in Australian sport following his strong debut as Queensland captain.

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