This ANZAC Day we're honoured to share this 2015 piece by Andrew Ferguson.
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2 days ago
Queensland State of Origin selectors will request a detailed medical update on dynamic Storm teenager Greg Inglis before settling on their 17-man squad for the Melbourne series decider.
The Maroons are desperate for the 19-year-old, who scored two tries in his Origin debut, to be available, especially after losing second game rookie fullback Karmichael Hunt (broken foot) and centre Steve Bell (fractured cheekbone).
Inglis was ruled out of Origin 2 with stress fractures in his back.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy has already written off Inglis's Origin comeback saying it would be 'two or three weeks' before he is back training. But Queensland selectors will get their doctor, Roy Saunders, to contact the Storm's medical staff for a full update on the chances of Inglis playing in 14 days time.
The Queensland Rugby League clashed with the Storm before the second game after naming Inglis in its 17-man squad and ruling him out a few hours later.
Melbourne refused to allow Inglis to travel to Brisbane to be assessed.
Queensland chairman of selectors Des Morris was non committal whether Inglis would be named on Monday to keep the door open in case his back injury improved dramatically.
"He's not playing this weekend which makes it tough," said Morris.
"We'll have our medical people check it all out with Melbourne's medical people closer to the weekend.
"We don't want to go getting everyone's hopes up too soon.
"Once we pick the side, and he's not in it, he's missed the boat.
"Obviously he is a rare talent and I suppose you make exceptions but if he's not picked..."