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Inglis 'hopeful' for All Stars match

By Wayne Heming 16/11/2010 05:51:43 PM Comments (0)

Major drawcard Greg Inglis is hopeful but no certainty to make his debut in February's rugby league All Stars game on the Gold Coast.

Despite being named in coach Laurie Daley's Indigenous All Stars 20-man squad for the second annual clash with an NRL All Star selection on Tuesday, shoulder and hip injuries may yet keep Inglis out for a second time.

Happy to talk up his involvement in the All Stars game, Inglis however sidestepped questions about his controversial move to South Sydney earlier this week.

Recovering from off-season shoulder surgery, a bulky Inglis paraded in an Indigenous All Stars jumper at the squad announcement in Brisbane a day after donning a Rabbitohs singlet for the first time at Sydney's Redfern Oval.

"Hopefully I'll be over the injuries and able to play," said Inglis.

"It was very disappointing missing out last year. I've never been more excited sitting on a bench in my life."

Asked if South Sydney would let him play in the All Star game, Inglis put up the shutters.

"No, no, no ... I can't talk about Souths," he said.

The fact he attended Tuesday's launch suggests Souths are supportive, unlike Brisbane who pulled Justin Hodges out of the game last week because of concerns he may not be ready after missing the 2010 season with an Achilles injury.

Inglis' employment remains somewhat clouded since he walked away from a deal to join Brisbane 10 days ago.

He's agreed to terms with Souths until 2013, as he'd done earlier with Brisbane.

The problem is he still has no clearance from the Melbourne Storm because of an ongoing dispute over a six figure legal bill.

Without it, Souths can't register his contract with the NRL which means Inglis is not officially a Rabbitoh just yet.

Surprisingly Inglis did not pull the most votes from the 15,000 fans who selected the Indigenous team.

That honour went to Brisbane's representative forward Sam Thaiday.

Daley was delighted with the talent he'd been given in the Indigenous side, including his own selection of little-known Gold Coast Titans player Ryan James, a giant youngster who towered over big team-mates Jamal Idris and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs.

"I was absolutely blown away by the response and atmosphere to the first game earlier this year," said Daley.

Daley has 14 players, including veteran skipper Preston Campbell, returning from the 16-12 win over the NRL All Stars in February.

The new faces are Willie Tonga, Inglis, Idris, Ben Barba, James and Matt Bowen.

Inglis and Idris were selected for the inaugural clash but were forced to withdraw with injuries.

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