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Sport Qld's Langer inspired Slater to stand tall

07:10  10 july  2018
07:10  10 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

Alfie Langer could be next statue at Suncorp Stadium

  Alfie Langer could be next statue at Suncorp Stadium The "little general" of Queensland rugby league is one step closer to becoming immortalised in bronze with other giants of the game at Suncorp Stadium. Premier Annastasia Palaszczuk confirmed the government had received a letter from the Queensland Rugby League board supporting the erection of statue honouring Allan Langer at the stadium in Milton, on Brisbane's inner west.If approved, it would be the fifth statue at the venue, joining those of Wally Lewis, Darren Lockyer, Mal Meninga and Arthur Beetson.

Billy Slater has paid tribute to Allan Langer before his State of Origin swansong, saying the pint sized halfback inspired him to play for Queensland .

Stand -in Queensland skipper Slater will run out for his 31st and final Origin in the Suncorp Stadium dead rubber, joining Lewis and Fittler on equal ninth on the all-time list. However, Slater reckoned it was 34 Origin halfback Langer - sitting fourth overall - who had lit the Maroons fuse for him as a kid.

Billy Slater will finish alongside two pretty handy players in the State of Origin appearance list - Immortal Wally Lewis and former NSW skipper Brad Fittler.

But the exciting fullback has identified pint-sized playmaker Allan Langer as his inspiration before drawing the curtain on his glittering Maroons career in Wednesday's Origin III in Brisbane.

Stand-in Queensland skipper Slater will run out for his 31st and final Origin in the Suncorp Stadium dead rubber, joining Lewis and Fittler in equal ninth on the all-time list.

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Qld ' s Oates like Sailor, Tuqiri: Slater . Corrupt Neighborhood Watch Through False Slander: TI Stands Tall Still. Butterfly. Загрузка. However, Slater reckoned it was 34 Origin halfback Langer - sitting fourth overall - who had lit the Maroons fuse for him as a kid.

Qld ' s Langer inspired Slater to stand tall . But the exciting fullback has identified pint-sized playmaker Allan Langer as his inspiration before drawing the curtain on his glittering Maroons career in Wednesday's Origin III in Brisbane.

However, Slater reckoned it was 34 Origin halfback Langer - sitting fourth overall - who had lit the Maroons fuse for him as a kid.

Once an aspiring jockey, Slater, 35, admits he would never have dreamt of aiming for Origin had he not seen Langer dominate for Queensland.

"He was a player I looked up to as a kid, I drew inspiration from Alfie," Slater said.

"He was so small and courageous. That's what I wanted to emulate. He showed that it was possible for the small kids.

"I dreamt of being Allan Langer running around the backyard, kicking the footy and scoring tries."

Those childhood memories will come flooding back when Slater leads Queensland out for the first and final time on Wednesday.

Especially with now assistant coach Langer running the water for the Maroons.

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  Qld Maroons are in good hands: Slater Retiring great Billy Slater believes he's leaving Queensland in good hands after helping steer the Maroons to an 18-12 State of Origin III win.Queensland provided one final highlight for stand-in skipper Slater, downing NSW 18-12 in State of Origin III in Brisbane in a fitting farewell for the veteran fullback.

If approved, it would be the fifth statue at the venue, joining those of Wally Lewis, Darren Lockyer, Mal Meninga and Arthur Beetson. Qld ' s Langer inspired Slater to stand tall .

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Allan Langer looks on during game three of last year's State Of Origin. © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Allan Langer looks on during game three of last year's State Of Origin. "That was just my childhood (being Langer). This is the jersey I dreamt of playing in when I was a little boy," said Slater, stand-in skipper for Greg Inglis (broken thumb).

"I am just so grateful and privileged to have this opportunity.

"I am 35, I played league all my life since I was four. I am pretty lucky to be able to get this job."

At 178cm, Slater is head and shoulders above 165cm Langer.

But the fullback will still be able to empathise with Langer on Wednesday, giving away up to 20cm to the likes of NSW prop David Klemmer.

Slater hoped to finish his Origin career with another win for the little guy.

Queensland captain Billy Slater speaks to reporters ahead of Origin III. © AAP Image/Dave Hunt Queensland captain Billy Slater speaks to reporters ahead of Origin III. NSW are vying for their first series whitewash since 2000.

"I am not going to go out and try and be someone I am not, or try and do someone else's job just because I am captain," Slater said.

Langer statue confirmed for Suncorp

  Langer statue confirmed for Suncorp Allan Langer will be immortalised in bronze after the Queensland government confirmed a statue of the ex-halfback would be constructed outside Suncorp Stadium.Pint-sized playmaker Allan Langer will forever stand tall at Suncorp Stadium after becoming the latest Queensland rugby league great to be immortalised in bronze at the Maroons' spiritual ground.

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"I will go out and perform my role, hopefully we have 17 contributors, play a good game of football and come away with the win - that's the ideal scenario.

"It's been such a great ride. I am sure a few emotions will run through my body when I do run out and sing the national anthem."

BEST OF THE BEST - STATE OF ORIGIN'S 30-GAME CLUB MEMBERS

1. Cameron Smith (Queensland) 42 Origins (2003-17)

2. Johnathan Thurston (Queensland) 37 Origins (2005-17)

3. Darren Lockyer (Queensland) 36 Origins (1998-2007, 2009-11)

4. Allan Langer (Queensland) 34 Origins (1987-2002)

5. Petero Civoniceva (Queensland) 33 Origins (2001-12)

= 6. Nate Myles (Queensland) 32 Origins (2006-17)

= 6. Mal Meninga (Queensland) 32 Origins (1980-1994)

= 6. Greg Inglis (Queensland) 32 Origins (2006-)

= 9. Brad Fittler (NSW) 31 Origins (1990-2004)

= 9. Wally Lewis (Queensland) 31 Origins (1980-1991)

11. Billy Slater (Queensland) 30 Origins (2004-05, 2008-15, 2017-)

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