South Sydney superstar Greg Inglis driven to Close the Gap,improve Indigenous health Fox Sports

AS a boy brought up playing for the Bowraville Tigers 

on the NSW north coast, Greg Inglis says all he ever desired 

was to play rugby league for the love of the 

sport.

He never thought someday he would find himself as one of the sport’s greatest superstars, or captain of one of the proudest clubs in Australian sport.

However at 27, the man thought-about an Immortal in the making on Monday opened up about the new test he has set himself in life.

“By the time I go away from this earth I would like to see an enormous change in Indigenous health,” Inglis stated, as he stepped up to support the NRL’s Close the Gap round.

 The session’s goal is to lessen the health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and non-Indigenous Australians within a generation.

And Inglis desires to use his standing in rugby league to assist force community change.

“I’m not afraid to voice my opinion about Indigenous tradition,” he mentioned.

“It’s vitally essential to increase awareness of what the true meaning of Close the Gap is, and that is closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous health.”

Come Thursday night time, Rabbitohs followers will even be hoping Inglis makes a difference when he runs out on ANZ Stadium versus the Broncos who’re in tenth spot and need a win to still be part of the race for the top 8.

The second-positioned Rabbitohs have now won their past 4 matches and the feeling amongst league experts is that the rampaging fullback is preparing to hit the go button and raise to another level in the countdown to the finals.

Inglis on Monday admitted the knee damage he suffered in Origin III the previous year had a big affect on his performance all along the later halfs of the season — and it’s just now that he feels he has finally put the injury behind him.

“It never really was 100 per cent to be honest,” he mentioned about the finish of last yr.

“It was always something we had to maintain early in the week and also you’d exit and put that aside and play the finest you can.”

But now?

“I really feel fresh,” he mentioned.

“Coming out of Origin with no accidents … this time last yr I used to be a bit held back with the knee and a few different issues going on.

“That is the time you really need to be fit and fresh and free to move around the park.”

After just taking over as captain in the absence of the injured John Sutton, Inglis stated it was like a dream come true when coach Michael Maguire said to him of his plans.

“He really told me and two days later he rang me up and stated will you be right? And I stated yeah I’ll take it on,” Inglis laughed.

But jokes apart, he stated it was an enormous honour — to him and his folks.

“I shared it with the spouse (Sally), I shared it with mum and dad and family and associates.

“I didn’t want to make a big fuss about it.

“It’s a great honour, there isn’t any doubt about that, however I’m probably not one to show feelings.”

The win over Manly last Friday evening has once more ignited belief in Souths followers that this might finally be the year that they break through that premiership drought that stretches all the way back to 1971.

However after ending one match short of the grand final for the last two years, Inglis is aware of only too effectively the hazard of putting expectation ahead of hard work.

Although he reckons this present Souths backline, with its combination of youth and experience, is one thing very important.

“I’ve participated in some really good sides. Seeing these youngsters working around, I don’t think I’ve ever been part of so much talent in the backline before,” he mentioned.

“They do carry that X issue and that’s simply how they play footy.”

 

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