Greg Inglis

NRL urges players under pressure to ask for help

As the rugby league community rallied around Inglis, Greenberg defended the governing body's role in helping their stars handle the spotlight of professional sport.

"I'm not sure if you'll ever do enough in order to do the very best job you can," Greenberg said.

"But I would say there's been an extraordinary amount of work done over the last five years, particularly to assist our athletes off the field."

Fresh Inglis finished as a 'Mr Fixit'

As Souths battled to click the way coach Michael Maguire knew they could in the wake of plenty of form and fitness concerns in 2016, Inglis was shuffled from fullback to five-eighth (for four games) then centre (for two games) with breakout rookie Cody Walker excelling in the unfamiliar fullback role.

Australian PM's XIII team arrives

School children, men and women swarmed to the airport as early as 1pm to catch a glimpse of their rugby league heroes.

The flight’s delay and the sun's heat did nothing to move the crowd.

The plane finally touched down at Jackson’s International Airport just after 3pm and was met by cheering and chanting for players like Greg Inglis, James Tedesco and Matt Moylan.

The airport erupted as the Australian team walked out to board their bus.

Police and airport security had to fight back the crowd, who then chased after the team bus that left for Holiday Inn.

Prime Minister’s XIII team working on combinations

NGCB PM’s XIII coach Michael Marum said: “It's a big match as we'll be up against a team that is very experienced as well as being technically good players, especially in the attacking department”.

However, the PNG team is going through the basic stuff that are the core of the game.

“We look forward to mark the Australians man to man with Justin Olam, being too good in this season to go on face to face with Australia’s Greg Inglis, and Willie Minoga, who is the only Australian-based player to make it to PNG, will face the tough Australian forwards,” coach Marum said.

Walker in line for Origin fright night

In a game where attacking opportunities were scarce for both teams, Inglis had just 11 carries for 104 metres in Game One for the Maroons and rarely had the time and space necessary to impose himself on the game.

The withdrawal of Josh Morris due to a groin injury has seen New South Wales coach Laurie Daley elevate Walker into the starting line-up at right centre and a daunting assignment against his former South Sydney teammate.

Fears ease over Thurston's fitness

While all members of the squad took part in the session Thurston did skip some of the tackling drills but ran freely and did plenty of kicking practice, showing few ill effects from the hard knock he copped from Queensland teammate Josh McGuire in the Cowboys-Broncos classic last Friday night.

It wouldn't be a Queensland Origin camp without an 'injury scare' of some sort but Inglis rejected the notion that it in any way would put Thurston in doubt for Game One of the 2016 Holden State of Origin Series at ANZ Stadium. 

"It's just a bruise, he'll get over it," Inglis said.