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Greg Inglis greets fans after the 2014 grand final

A look back on the career of Greg Inglis, who announced on Friday he would be retiring from rugby league at the end of the 2020 season.


Greg Inglis makes his Telstra Premiership debut for the Melbourne Storm at 18 years of age in round six against Parramatta at Olympic Park.

He finishes the season with seven tries in 13 games to be named the Dally M Rookie Of The Year.

Greg Inglis in his rookie season for the Melbourne Storm in 2005.
Greg Inglis in his rookie season for the Melbourne Storm in 2005. ©NRL Photos


Inglis makes his State of Origin debut for Queensland in Game One despite controversy around his Origin allegiances, the Maroons going down 17-16 against NSW in the opening game of the series.

The Storm announce Inglis's re-signing with the club for a further four seasons. He makes his international debut at 19 for Australia in the Tri-Nations series at season's end.

Greg Inglis scores in his debut year for the Kangaroos in 2006.
Greg Inglis scores in his debut year for the Kangaroos in 2006. ©NRL Photos


Inglis scores two tries to win the Clive Churchill Medal as Melbourne are crowned premiers, beating Manly 34-8 in the grand final at ANZ Stadium. Inglis is named in the Storm's "team of the decade" side for his early career efforts.


Inglis sets up a try to remember for Mark Gasnier in the Centenary Test match for Australia at the SCG as the side beat New Zealand 28-12.

Inglis is named both Dally M Five-Eighth Of The Year and Representative Player of the Year at the awards and is included in Australia's World Cup squad, which goes on to lose to New Zealand 34-20 in the final at Suncorp Stadium.

Despite being heavily linked to joining Australian rugby, Inglis extends his contract with the Storm until the end of the 2012 season.

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Inglis is again awarded the Dally M Representative Player Of The Year award and takes out the Wally Lewis medal for best player of the State of Origin series as the Maroons begin to build a dynasty against the Blues in the interstate arena.

Inglis hoses down rumours he wanted to attempt a career in the AFL and remains committed in rugby league.

Inglis finishes the season with Melbourne with another grand final win. He goes on to claim the prestigious golden boot award and is named player of the series playing for Australia after the Four Nations final.

Greg Inglis lifts the trophy after the 2009 grand final.
Greg Inglis lifts the trophy after the 2009 grand final. ©NRL Photos


Melbourne are stripped of their two Telstra Premierships in 2007 and 2009, along with minor premierships in 2006, 2007 and 2008, after being found guilty of heavy breaches of the NRL's salary cap dating back five seasons.

Inglis is caught up in a racism controversy after former NSW representative Timana Tahu walks out of the Blues' Origin camp following comments made by Andrew Johns towards Inglis.

The Storm announces Inglis's early release from the club due to salary cap restraints with Brisbane announcing his signature in August on a two-year deal.

Inglis sensationally backflips on his deal with Brisbane to join South Sydney on a three-year contract.


Inglis scores eight tries in 18 appearances during his first season at the Rabbitohs playing in the centres, while featuring in the Maroons' sixth-straight Origin series victory.

Greg Inglis takes on the Titans in 2011.
Greg Inglis takes on the Titans in 2011. ©NRL Photos


Inglis makes his debut for the Indigenous All Stars debut after missing the opening two annual fixtures with injury.

He becomes the highest try-scorer in Origin history with 13 tries, while Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire shifts him from centre to fullback.

The Rabbitohs finish third on the Telstra Premiership ladder but are bundled out of the finals by Canterbury 32-8 in the preliminary final.


Inglis takes out the Provan-Summons Medal and fullback of the year accolade at the Dally M awards. He finishes the year as a member of Australia's successful World Cup triumph in the UK and is named RLIF fullback of the year.

Greg Inglis and Billy Slater in the 2013 World Cup Final.
Greg Inglis and Billy Slater in the 2013 World Cup Final. ©NRL Photos


Inglis captains South Sydney and an NRL side for the first time in his career.

He plays his 200th NRL game in the preliminary final against the Sydney Roosters – helping guide the Rabbitohs into the Telstra Premiership grand final with a 32-22 win.

Inglis scores a try in the 30-6 victory over the Bulldogs in the grand final to help break South Sydney's 43-year title drought.

The Rabbitohs celebrate their 2014 premiership.
The Rabbitohs celebrate their 2014 premiership. ©NRL Photos


Inglis plays his 100th game for the South Sydney Rabbitohs and helps Queensland re-gain the Origin trophy after the Blues snapped the state's winning streak in 2014.


Inglis is appointed captain of the Indigenous All Stars team and signs a new three-year extension with the Rabbitohs through until 2020, knocking back offers from rival clubs and codes.


Inglis suffers an ACL injury in round one of the Telstra Premiership season against the Wests Tigers and is ruled out for the rest of the season.

In July, Inglis makes public his struggles with mental health and seeks professional help following a battle with depression.

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Inglis returns to the field for the Rabbitohs to help guide the side to a third placed finish and preliminary final.

Inglis is named captain of Queensland for the first time and is later named new Australian captain, replacing Cameron Smith.

On the same day as he is announced the new Kangaroos skipper, Inglis is charged with drink driving and speeding offences on October 1.

He's later stripped of the captaincy by Australian coach Mal Meninga and suspended for two games by the NRL.


Inglis pleads guilty to the driving offences and faces court on January 14 for sentencing with no conviction recorded.

On January 18, Inglis announces his plans to retire from representative football in 2019 and retire from the NRL with South Sydney at the end of 2020. 

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