Rabbitohs fullback Greg Inglis will have the honour of captaining the Rabbitohs in this Sunday’s clash with the Newcastle Knights, his first appointment as captain of a senior team so far in his career.
Inglis, who will play his 193rd NRL game and 76th first grade game for the Rabbitohs this weekend, will take over from injured five-eighth John Sutton as the first man down the tunnel, leading out the men in red and green onto the turf at Barlow Park at 3pm on Sunday.
The Rabbitohs official website, www.rabbitohs.com.au, spoke to Inglis on Friday afternoon about the captaincy and the impact that may have on his game.
“It’s a massive honour for me and I was speechless when ‘Madge’ (Head Coach Michael Maguire) told me that I would be captain this weekend,” Inglis said.
“Unfortunately ‘Sutt’ (captain John Sutton) got injured last weekend so I have some big boots to fill.
“To be considered as a captain of such a great Club like South Sydney is just huge. It’s a huge honour.
“I have a leadership role at the Club normally, but this is the next level.
“I guess it hasn’t fully sunk in yet this far out from the game, but I’m really looking forward to it and that includes making sure I’m doing my job for the team.”
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Inglis will be the first Rabbitohs player to run into the wall of noise at Cairns’ Barlow Park on Sunday as he leads South Sydney out onto the field.
“It will definitely be a different experience for me, but I won’t be changing what I do for the team in terms of the way I play and the job I do in attack and defence,” Inglis explained.
“Every week we’re looking to improve as a team, we hold each other accountable for our jobs within the team, and we try and play our best so we can get the best result.
“None of that will change and we’ll be doing our best to represent the Club and the Members in the best way possible.”
Inglis will remain at fullback with young tyro Luke Keary coming into the starting line up at five-eighth.
The final make-up of the Rabbitohs side will be announced on Sunday afternoon at approximately 2pm.
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