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Greg Inglis rules out representative return ahead of rugby league renaissance with Warrington Wolves

Sporting News logo Sporting News 15/01/2021 Sporting News

Warrington Wolves recruit Greg Inglis has ruled out making an unlikely representative return, declaring he won’t ‘tarnish the legacy’ he built as a Queensland and Australia superstar.

Inglis, who turned 34 on Friday, this week arrived in England ahead of his comeback season with the Wolves in the English Super League.

The former Melbourne and South Sydney star announced his shock retirement from rugby league in April, 2019.

After trying his hand at coaching, Inglis signed a one-year deal with the Wolves last May.

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His planned comeback piqued the interest of then Maroons coach Kevin Walters, who floated the idea of picking Inglis for the 2020 Origin series last November.

Inglis’ recent arrival in England also led to speculation the veteran of 39 Tests for Australia could return for the Kangaroos in this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

But the man himself has poured cold water on his prospects of playing for either the Kangaroos and Maroons, insisting he ‘can’t do an Alfie’ in reference to Allan Langer’s legendary comeback for Game 3 of the 2001 Origin series.

“The talk was about going back into the Origin arena as well at the end of last year but there was no way you can go from doing nothing to trying to play Origin footy,” Inglis told NRL.com.

“… I can’t do an Alfie, I know Alfie was here (at Warrington when he returned to the Maroons) but Alfie Langer’s one of a kind, he can pull that stuff off.

“No, I can’t do a repeat. I left the Origin arena and representative arena on a good note and I don’t want to go back and possibly tarnish the legacy that I left, so that rep side (of my career) is gone.”

Inglis insists his focus is on preparing for the start of the Super League campaign on March 25 after nearly two years out of rugby league.

He all-but ruled out a return to the NRL in 2022 and would not commit to playing a second season in the Super League when pressed on his future plans.

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