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SOO II biggest of my Origin career: Inglis

By AAP Newswire

Queensland captain Greg Inglis has described Sunday's must-win State of Origin II as the biggest of his glittering Maroons career.

But Inglis reckoned his team's focus would be on another Queenslander - returning fullback Billy Slater in his landmark 30th game.

Slater, 35, will become the 10th Queenslander and 11th overall to enter the 30-Origin club after overcoming a hamstring injury that forced him to pull out ahead of game one.

Queensland are yet to confirm prop Dylan Napa will play, giving him until as late as the captain's run to show he has overcome an ankle injury.

Melbourne's Tim Glasby is on standby.

Ahead of his 32nd Origin, Inglis admitted he had never faced a bigger challenge than leading the Maroons into game two as Queensland try to keep the series alive.

The Maroons are hoping to extend their stunning run of 11 series wins in 12 years.

They stumbled with a 22-12 game one loss in Melbourne as they began life without retired Queensland greats Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston and Cooper Cronk.

"Personally this is probably my biggest game I will ever play in the Queensland jersey," Inglis said.

"Going in as captain and 1-0 down, it's challenging. I just need my team to understand how important this game is."

Inglis was at his inspirational best on captain's debut in game one and vowed to repeat those heroics at ANZ Stadium.

"I think I can. I said from that start I will lead with my actions - I won't go away from that," Inglis warned.

However, Inglis believed Slater would be the team's inspiration on Sunday in his milestone match.

Slater finally kick-starts his swansong series after the injury setback.

"We want to make it special. We know it is his 30th. It is a massive milestone in Origin," Inglis said.

"Bill is not about himself, he is about the team. We will go down and hopefully walk away with a win, force a decider."

Inglis said his huge challenge would be made easier by Slater's return.

He said Queensland showed how much they missed Slater when they made the "huge mistake" of overlooking him for game one last year, when NSW claimed a record 28-4 win at Suncorp Stadium.

"We lost more than 100 games of experience in game one. Bill will help enormously (on Sunday)," Inglis said.

"You saw last year when they made a massive mistake on Queensland's behalf in game one but he came back in game two and you saw the difference he made."

Origin II will mark Slater's first game in five weeks but Inglis laughed off speculation the veteran would be underdone.

"Bill is an exceptional player; one of a kind. I don't think you will see another player like Bill in the next 10 years or so," Inglis said.

Queensland left their Gold Coast camp and flew into Sydney on Friday.