The Kangaroos have been drawn with Fiji, Scotland and Italy in the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England, which was conducted by Prince Harry at Buckingham Palace.
UPDATE: Greg Inglis will miss Australia’s upcoming Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga, after he was issued a two-match ban by the NRL.
While Inglis will not be stripped of the captaincy, he will be forced to sit out the upcoming games after he was charged with drink driving and speeding yesterday.
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Greg Inglis has apologised after being charged with drink driving but remains hopeful that he can keep the Kangaroos captaincy.
An apologetic Greg Inglis says he will leave it to coach Mal Meninga and the NRL to decide whether he will remain Australian rugby league team captain after being charged with drink driving and speeding.
On Monday, Inglis was named Kangaroos skipper by Meninga just hours before he was pulled over by police after being clocked speeding and returning a positive blood alcohol test.
Inglis did not resign or quit the Australian team when he fronted media on Tuesday, as had been speculated by some, saying he hoped to hold on to his captaincy post but would accept any decision taken by those in charge.
The NRL were on Tuesday morning going over the case and at this stage no announcement has been made on whether any action is taken against the South Sydney star.
However, Australian selector Laurie Daley has already suggested Inglis relinquish the position, after he was charged with mid-range drink driving in Lithgow on Monday.
“It has to change things,” he said on the Big Sports Breakfast.
“Greg’s been a terrific leader for South Sydney and Queensland but I don’t think you can have the Australian captain going DUI.”
“I’m pretty sure Greg and Mal (coach Mal Meninga) will come to the decision that he needs to step down as captain of his country.”
Inglis was returning from appearing in the Koori Knockout rugby league tournament in Dubbo when pulled over after being clocked speeding on Monday afternoon and returned a positive blood alcohol test.
The Queensland and South Sydney captain was then taken to a local police station where he allegedly returned a reading of 0.085.
Daley said the affair would likely spell the end of Inglis’s tenure as Kangaroos captain before it had even begun.
“He’s let himself down. He’s let the game down … and he’ll pay a massive price for that,” the chief national selector said.
Should Inglis lose the captaincy, vice-captain Boyd Cordner is tipped to be promoted to the job just days after leading the Sydney Roosters to NRL premiership glory.
Kangaroos forward Josh Papalii was last year stood down from a Test against New Zealand after pleading guilty to drink driving.
However, Papalii was originally named in the squad three-and-a-half months after the incident, and did not lose his position until after his plea in court.
Crucially, Inglis’s date in court won’t arrive until after this month’s Tests against New Zealand and Tonga in Auckland.
Jesse Bromwich lost the Kiwi captaincy when he and Kevin Proctor lost their places in New Zealand’s World Cup squad after a night out in Canberra following a Test loss that resulted in no charges.
Queensland Origin coach Kevin Walters admitted it was disappointing Inglis found himself in the situation.
“I feel for Greg but also understand there is a responsibility that goes with being Australian captain and what needs to be upheld,” he said
“Mal has spoken quite openly about what his expectations are around the team environment, particularly from his senior players.
“I expect that they’ll make a decision this morning on it.”
Inglis had his licence suspended and is scheduled to appear in Lithgow Local Court on November 22.