Inglis all set for All Stars clash
FANS can't split Greg Inglis and Johnathan Thurston as rugby league's most popular indigenous player.
With voting for the Indigenous All Stars team officially closing at noon today, Inglis was a handful of votes ahead of Thurston overnight.
More than 11,000 fans had made their choices for Laurie Daley's team to take on Wayne Bennett's NRL All Stars in Brisbane next month, a clash Inglis (pictured) said was extremely special to him and the other players selected to represent their people.
"There is something magical about being chosen to be an Indigenous All Stars team member," Inglis said.
"All Stars is not just about the footy, but how we act as a group, learning from each other and sharing stories."
Inglis made a last-minute plea for fans not to overlook young players like Rabbitohs premiership teammates Alex Johnston and Kyle Turner.
The 20-man Indigenous squad is selected by fans, while Bennett gets to pick his players.
Daley said he was excited about the squad rugby league fans would hand him.
"With the way the voting is panning out we look like having a good mix of players who have been in All Stars camp before, and also some exciting youngsters," Daley said.
"It's a shame that both Nathan Peats and Andrew Fifita have had to withdraw due to injury, but that gives the likes of Ray Thompson, Travis Waddell, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs and Kyle Turner the chance to perhaps receive a call-up."