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Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:28 am

Greg Inglis confirms retirement plans...

Will retire from Rep Footy at the end of 2019.
Will retire from the NRL at the end of 2020.
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Where Bellamy wants Inglis to finish his career

Margie McDonald
Senior Reporter, NRL.com
Tue 22 Jan 2019

For the remaining two years of Greg Inglis's NRL career, his first coach Craig Bellamy knows the position he thinks will suit the South Sydney skipper best.

"Fullback. I've always thought fullback," Bellamy told NRL.com.

There's certainly an array of positions Inglis can manage superbly. He's won Dally M awards as five-eighth of the year (2008) and fullback of the year (2013) while also winning the RLIF (Rugby League International Federation) centre of the year (2009).

He won the Clive Churchill Medal with Storm in the 2007 grand final win over Manly at five-eighth – scoring two tries.

He won the 2009 grand final as a centre for Melbourne and the 2014 grand final with the Rabbitohs at fullback.

But for Bellamy, who gave Inglis his NRL debut in round six of 2005, GI really shines at No.1.

"Having said that, with us [Melbourne] we had good players in all those positions. So when he was a young kid we played him in different positions – that wasn't the plan at the time.

"But if we lost someone on the wing, we put GI in there; if we lost a centre, we'd put GI in there; and if Billy [Slater] was out for some reason, we put GI at fullback," Bellamy said.

"Playing all those different positions when he was young has really helped him understand the game really well. So when he's playing one position he knows what the other positions require from him.

"We didn't plan it that way but he had a great education on the game because of how many positions he could play."

Case in point is Inglis's maiden season. He played 13 games: three on the wing, once at centre, five at fullback and four on the bench.

Inglis developed his versatility over the six seasons with Storm (2005-10), but Bellamy says there were a few things he arrived with as a teenager: his height, strength and that fend.

He was a student at Brisbane's Wavell State High School and playing with Storm's feeder club, the Norths Devils, when his future NRL career put down its roots.

"I can remember him coming down to camp when he was 15 or 16. He pulled out of the first session halfway through so it showed me he wasn't too fussed about training," Bellamy recalled.

"But in time he came to be able to complete a full session and ended up being a really good trainer.

"In the early days though, I honestly couldn't see how he was going to become a NRL player.

"But as a 17-year-old he was killing it in the Brisbane comp so we knew there was something special about him.

"He came to Melbourne at 17 and that's a tough age to be going to a completely different state, city, climate and environment. It wasn't a rugby league town like Brisbane so it was all new to him. It took him a little while to settle in, being so far away from his family.

"I made it a point to get a little closer to him to keep an eye on him. He was the youngest player we'd ever brought down to Melbourne. He handled it really well and that's why our relationship has been close from the start."

Inglis played his first 100 NRL games with Melbourne and Bellamy still smiles when asked his best on-field memory.

"Being able to run over people," the two-time premiership-winning coach said.

"It was amazing how he could do that at such a young age – probably because of the length of his fend and his strength.

"He's older now but he can still bulldoze people and then he's in the clear and gets into his stride.

"When he's in your team there's not too many better sights in rugby league than GI running in space.

"It's a horrible sight if he's in the opposing team."

And that's where Bellamy finds himself now. Inglis moved to South Sydney in 2011, where he has passed the 250-game milestone. Incoming coach Wayne Bennett says he intends playing Inglis at fullback.

"He has such a presence because of his reputation and what he's done in the game," Bellamy said of Inglis's Australia, Queensland and Indigenous jerseys.

"The thing that clicks with me is that incredible passion he has with his Indigenous people. Even though he's at the top echelon of our game he's never forgotten where he came from, the background of his people – I love that about him," he added.

"There's a whole heap of things I like about him, but I remember one story.

"He has always loved kids. He was like that way before he had his own kids. When we played Penrith in Adelaide one year, it was the Easter weekend and we played on the Saturday night.

"Some of the players brought their wives and families over. So the next morning, Easter Sunday, we're all waiting in the hotel foyer for the bus to come.

"The bus turns up and there's no GI. About 10 minutes later he appears and he's got a big bag of Easter eggs. He gave them to all the kids. He'd been up the street buying Easter eggs."

Maybe it was fate that Inglis did end up playing for the Bunnies.
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Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:37 am

Sneaky headline... Especially when people are just scrolling through social media :lol:
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A little bit of a where-are-they-now. A couple of years old, but for those of us who remember big Matt Rua fondly, it's nice to find out a bit about where he wound up.

A couple of years old, and a bit of a read but worth it if you knew the big guy.
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Congratulations to ex under 20s player Rhys Kennedy on his debut for Souths tonight.
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Former Storm forward Mitch Garbutt scored a try overnight in Hull KR's 45-26 win over Leeds Whinos.
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Wow Cody Walker with 4 tries to carry the Bunnies to victory.
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Scooter wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:54 pm
Wow Cody Walker with 4 tries to carry the Bunnies to victory.
I always rated Cody, from when I first saw him at Easts. Somehow he never seemed to fit Bellamy's plans.
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Mon Apr 15, 2019 3:53 am

GI will announce his retirement today ...congrats Greg 3 premierships and Clive
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TC wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:00 pm
Scooter wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:54 pm
Wow Cody Walker with 4 tries to carry the Bunnies to victory.
I always rated Cody, from when I first saw him at Easts. Somehow he never seemed to fit Bellamy's plans.
TC I was also a big fan of Cody when he was Easts. He was due to make his debut at Storm but injured his hamstring at training. If he had played with Storm who knows what would have been. Although looking on from outside I am not sure he overly enjoyed his time in Melbourne.

Another five eighth that the Storm picked up who I was a big fan of was Shaun Nona. He was a great player at Qld Cup and NSW Cup level but never cracked NRL despite spending time at a number of clubs including Storm, Dragons and Broncos.

Speaking of ex-Storm players what about Michael Chee-Kam's match winner v Broncos the other night?
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Scooter wrote:
Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:50 am
TC wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:00 pm
Scooter wrote:
Sat Apr 13, 2019 4:54 pm
Wow Cody Walker with 4 tries to carry the Bunnies to victory.
I always rated Cody, from when I first saw him at Easts. Somehow he never seemed to fit Bellamy's plans.
TC I was also a big fan of Cody when he was Easts. He was due to make his debut at Storm but injured his hamstring at training. If he had played with Storm who knows what would have been. Although looking on from outside I am not sure he overly enjoyed his time in Melbourne.

Another five eighth that the Storm picked up who I was a big fan of was Shaun Nona. He was a great player at Qld Cup and NSW Cup level but never cracked NRL despite spending time at a number of clubs including Storm, Dragons and Broncos.

Speaking of ex-Storm players what about Michael Chee-Kam's match winner v Broncos the other night?
He was amazing
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Mon May 20, 2019 9:33 am

Cronk set to announce his retirement at the end of 2019 this morning. Roosters will have even more money now.

I wonder if this press conference will go for 45 minutes and I am sure he will thank everyone at Melbourne Storm for making him great.
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glennb wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 9:33 am
Cronk set to announce his retirement at the end of 2019 this morning. Roosters will have even more money now.

I wonder if this press conference will go for 45 minutes and I am sure he will thank everyone at Melbourne Storm for making him great.
I'm sure Cronk will thank all of the coaching, administration, teammates, etc at BOTH clubs for equally contributing to his development and success :roll:
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