Greg Inglis will captain the Prime Minister’s XIII as Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga uses the match against Papua New Guinea to help prime his Four Nations squad.
The September 24 match will feature players whose club teams are not involved in NRL finals action and Meninga is promising all will be real contenders for his Australian squad for the Four Nations in October-November.
“Greg is an outstanding leader and his selection in the team and as captain shows the mindset I have around this game,” said Meninga.
“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.
Other players to feature could include Mitchell Pearce, Jake Trbojevic, Dane Gagai and Semi Radradra.
Meninga’s Four Nations squad will be named on the Monday after the NRL grand final.