Greg Inglis will make his representative captaincy debut when he leads the Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea next month.
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga announced the appointment on Sunday, with Inglis to take charge of the PM’s XIII in the traditional end-of-season clash in Port Moresby on September 24.
“Greg is an outstanding leader and his selection in the team and as captain shows the mindset I have around this game,” Meninga said.
“I want to select the strongest team possible.
“All players who play in the Prime Minister’s XIII game will be genuine chances of playing in the Four Nations.”
South Sydney captain Inglis has also skippered the Indigenous All Star side.
“When Mal called me and said he wanted me to lead the side out, it took a second for it to sink in. It is a real honour for me,” Inglis said.
“When you’re asked to be captain of any side, it means you’re doing something right. The coach and selectors are obviously looking at you and the way you conduct yourself.
“I’m really thrilled to get this opportunity.”
Inglis has played 35 Tests for Australia and 30 State of Origin fixtures for Queensland.
The rest of the PM’s XIII will be named next month.