MUDGEE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 24: Greg Inglis of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL trial match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium on February 24, 2018 in Mudgee, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

South Sydney captain Greg Inglis has made a successful return to the field during the Rabbitohs 22-18 trial win over St George Illawarra but the good news was somewhat soured with an injury to Alex Johnston.

Inglis only played less than 20 minutes in the trial match before he was subbed out of the match but Rabbitohs coach Anthony Siebold would have been delighted to see his star playing running freely in the short stint.

The news is not so good for fullback Johnston though after receiving a rub injury.

Johnston was hit hard in a tackle by new Dragons recruit James Graham and was immediately tended to by a trainer. Johnston left the field and didn’t return.

Johnston was seen receiving treatment for the injury later in the Rabbitohs sheds and will now go for scans to assess the extent of the injury.

It was expected that Johnston would retain the fullback position this season, despite Inglis returning with Inglis likely to play in the centres this season.

Siebold will now likely need to rethink that plan with the season kicking off in less than two weeks.


  1. That’s bad luck for the Rabbits. I had them finishing around between 16-12 but I think it safe to rank them 17th now that Johnson has a rub injury. What ever that is, perhaps a rib injury

      • Yeah that could have been embarrasing for the chooks but i suspect they were treating it like a trial game and only put the foot down to finish them in the end.
        Im loving this season already, manly are delaying the punishment for cheating.. the longer it goes on the better afaic and i cant see them outside the bottom 4 by finals time. All is well in the world 😊

        • Haha manly have half the superstars roosters have and still played better only beaten in the final minutes, if we had a goal kicker probably would have won😋

  2. Bad luck for Johnston but Inglis at fullback is what Souths need in any case, surely? Placing him in the centres was about accomodating other players and now that won’t be an issue he could make the spot his own again?

  3. Yeah – A RUB injury is tough to get over – especially if he was rubbed up the wrong way. It’s a wonder he got out of the sheds! (Nice to see Inglis back for Rugby league fans generally).

  4. Don’t be too concerned about this so-called rib injury, just bruising I suspect.

    Why else would he continue to play on for 11 minutes after the initial knock?

    Ask yourselves that!

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