Infotainment Factory: Fittler drops Origin bombshell amid Inglis exit

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Fittler drops Origin bombshell amid Inglis exit


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Had Greg Inglis not declared for Queensland and played for New South Wales, the Maroons’ eight-year Origin winning-streak would never have stood, says NRL great and Blues coach Brad Fittler.

The South Sydney talisman’s recent retirement drew an outpouring of reverence from the rugby league community after the 32-year-old struggled to get his mind and body right in a trying opening rounds of the 2019 season.

Amid the celebration of the Redfern icon’s career, Fittler reflected on Inglis’ dominance at representative level and asserted had that had he not elected to play for Queensland, despite being born in NSW, the Maroons’ legacy would have looked very different today.

“I remember doing some research during that period and it was about when they’d won eight in a row,” Fittler said on Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and the Eighth.

Greg Inglis and Brad Fittler

“If I took all the tries out of Greg Inglis, the ones he scored that I thought no one else could score, I think it would have ended up being 4-4 if we had him for NSW.

“I think he was the one that influenced that era more than any other player by far.”

Alongside Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, Inglis often proved a defining factor for the Maroons in the centres across their 11-year dynasty.

His controversial decision to play for Queensland despite being born in Kempsey on NSW’s mid North Coast and playing his first senior game at age 16 for Newcatle’s Hunter Sports High, is one that has drawn enduring frustration from Blues fans over his career.

Greg Inglis

Inglis once explained that he elected to play for Queensland because at the time of his decision he had been “living up there for two years” and it was “where he wanted to stay”, with desires to play for the Broncos.

In the wake of the 2014 premiership winner’s retirement, NRL immortal Andrew Johns, historically miffed at Inglis’ Origin allegiance, chose to pass on the conjecture.

“I think we’ve spoken about this at length,” he said.

Had Greg Inglis not declared for Queensland and played for New South Wales, the Maroons’ eight-year Origin winning-streak would never have stood, says NRL great and Blues coach Brad Fittler.

The South Sydney talisman’s recent retirement drew an outpouring of reverence from the rugby league community after the 32-year-old struggled to get his mind and body right in a trying opening rounds of the 2019 season.

Amid the celebration of the Redfern icon’s career, Fittler reflected on Inglis’ dominance at representative level and asserted had that had he not elected to play for Queensland, despite being born in NSW, the Maroons’ legacy would have looked very different today.

“I remember doing some research during that period and it was about when they’d won eight in a row,” Fittler said on Wide World of Sports’ Freddy and the Eighth.

Greg Inglis and Brad Fittler

“If I took all the tries out of Greg Inglis, the ones he scored that I thought no one else could score, I think it would have ended up being 4-4 if we had him for NSW.

“I think he was the one that influenced that era more than any other player by far.”

Alongside Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Johnathan Thurston and Billy Slater, Inglis often proved a defining factor for the Maroons in the centres across their 11-year dynasty.

His controversial decision to play for Queensland despite being born in Kempsey on NSW’s mid North Coast and playing his first senior game at age 16 for Newcatle’s Hunter Sports High, is one that has drawn enduring frustration from Blues fans over his career.

Greg Inglis

Inglis once explained that he elected to play for Queensland because at the time of his decision he had been “living up there for two years” and it was “where he wanted to stay”, with desires to play for the Broncos.

In the wake of the 2014 premiership winner’s retirement, NRL immortal Andrew Johns, historically miffed at Inglis’ Origin allegiance, chose to pass on the conjecture.

“I think we’ve spoken about this at length,” he said.

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