Greg Inglis trains at Coolum Palmer Resort on Thursday.
Greg Inglis trains at Coolum Palmer Resort on Thursday. John Mccutcheon

Centre suits Maroons Inglis fine for Origin clash

GREG Inglis says the transcendent decision to switch him to fullback has "definitely" made him a better centre.

Inglis's potency has increased since his move to fullback at Souths last season, but he again returns to the centres for Queensland's Origin side.

Test fullback Billy Slater is the Maroons' No.1.

Inglis's self-assessment is scary news for New South Wales going into game one at Sydney's ANZ Stadium next Wednesday.

"It's more the understanding of the game (and) just with the fitness and competing on every level," he said in reference to his enhanced centre play.

With Inglis in his prime at age 26, it is expected Queensland will again be looking to him to cause mayhem down the left side.

He has formed a lethal partnership with winger Darius Boyd, who has come into camp with a leg injury but looks set to start after training with the team at Yaroomba yesterday afternoon.

Speaking to the media before training, Inglis was typically modest when a journalist joked that Boyd had the "easiest" job in the side playing outside him.

"I wouldn't say that," the 18-game Maroons superstar said.

"I've got an easy job playing outside JT (Johnathan Thurston), so it just keeps going down the line."

The Blues made three changes to the backline they fielded in losing last year's game-three decider 21-20.

JARRYD Hayne switches from wing to fullback for Brett Stewart, Blake Ferguson will make his Origin debut on the wing and James Maloney replaces Todd Carney at five-eighth.

Commenting on NSW's backline, Inglis said: "Obviously, they're going for speed and they're going for quality, energetic and enthusiastic players.

"In the end, you can see by the way they're playing footy, playing for their club week in week out, (that) they really want that jersey.

"That backline is just as fast and mobile like their back-rowers ... one through to 17, it's a strong field all over.

"I wouldn't go past our boys either."

Maroons interchange forward Ben Te'o trained yesterday after Brisbane police earlier interviewed him for three hours over an alleged assault.

His availability for the series opener hinges on whether police charge him.


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