Australia international Greg Inglis cannot wait for this month's Rugby League World Cup as the Kangaroos look to atone for losing the 2008 final to New Zealand.
The imposing 26-year-old full-back, who will revert to the centres for Australia, admits the heartache suffered five years ago still hurts as the Kiwis pulled off an improbable 34-20 victory in Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.
Australia kick-off their campaign against England in Cardiff on October 26 and Inglis is determined that Australia will be carrying away the silverware this time around.
"It still hurts," Inglis told the Sydney Morning Herald. "The Kiwis have all the bragging rights in the world. They are the world champions.
"Hopefully we can go over there and walk away with it. It's not going to be an easy road. We have England straight up."
Inglis had been an injury doubt ahead of the tournament after tearing his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) in the opening half of Queensland's victory in Origin III.
However, he has been battling on for South Sydney Rabbitohs this season and insists that putting on the green and gold is the highest honour in the game.
"This is the highest accolade you can get playing this sport," he continued.
"I love representing Australia and I love spending time with the boys. Wearing the green and gold you've got to represent the best you can."
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