North Queensland Cowboys

Johnathan Thurston left out of Cowboys' Nines squad

Vince Rugari   Coach says it was not worth exposing Thurston, who had shoulder surgery in off-season, to possible injury

NRL star arrested over Brisbane brawl

Tautau Moga in action for the Cowboys in July.

The NRL integrity unit is investigating an incident involving the Samoa rugby league team over the weekend in which up to eight people were arrested, including North Queensland threequarter Tautau Moga.


Upbeat North Queensland Cowboys' David Furner calls for refereeing consistency in NRL finals

David Furner.

Chris Dutton   Former Canberra Raiders coach calls for refereeing consistency in the NRL finals.

Roosters defeat North Queensland Cowboys without the ball

Phil Gould dinkus Dinkus

Phil Gould   What an extraordinary game we witnessed on Friday night between the Roosters and the Cowboys – so many talking points.

NRL backs video refs in crucial Cowboys call

No excuses: Johnathan Thurston.

Adrian Proszenko   The NRL has backed the decision to deny North Queensland the match-winning try in Friday night’s thriller at Allianz Stadium.

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Johnathan Thurston 'filthy' but not bitter over referee's call

Johnathan Thurston and his Cowboys teammates feel the pain of coming so close to victory.

Brad Walter   North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston admitted he was "filthy", but refused to blame a controversial refereeing call that cost him a try in the final minute for Friday night's 31-30 semi-final loss to Sydney Roosters.

Sydney Roosters’ escape sets up a huge clash with arch-rivals

"This is the third year": Thurston.

Brad Walter   More than 60,000 fans are expected to pack ANZ Stadium next Friday night for the biggest game between arch-rivals Sydney Roosters and South Sydney in 76 years.

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Sydney Roosters advance as controversial calls halt stunning North Queensland Cowboys comeback

Another painful departure: Johnathan Thurston.

Michael Chammas   For the third consecutive year, the North Queensland Cowboys have been bundled out of the finals in scenes of disbelief after a controversial refereeing decision denied them of the match-winning try.

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Five things we learnt: Roosters v Cowboys

Too pumped?: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Michael Carayannis   In four of the opening finals games, teams have rushed to big leads only for the opposition to claw their way back.


Refreshed David Furner back riding high with North Queensland Cowboys

Happy again: David Furner.

Chris Wilson   Former Raiders coach David Furner says he's been revived by a successful season at the Cowboys.

Mal Meninga warns North Queensland Cowboys to keep emotions in check against Roosters

Mal Meninga.

Phil Lutton   Brent Tate says the Cowboys will take an 'us versus them' mentality into their elimination final against the Roosters but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has warned North Queensland not to let a week of off-field turblence unsettle their performance.


Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson blasts 'disrespectful' north Queenslanders

We're ready for them: Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson.

Michael Chammas   Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has launched a withering attack on North Queensland's attempts to create a siege mentality before Friday's NRL semi-final clash with the premiers at Allianz Stadium.

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Cowboys must dine out on conspiracy theories

Paul Green with Johnathan Thurston.

Phil Lutton   That escalated quickly. The Phoney War between the Cowboys and the NRL has officially come to an end. Now, how to get the bayonets and mortars through airport security on the way to Sydney.

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Tariq Sims faces nervous wait for review committee's decision on tackle

On report: Justin Hodges of the Broncos is tackled by Tariq Sims of the Cowboys.

Phil Lutton   North Queensland are hoping the NRL match review comittee will view Tariq Sims' collision with Justin Hodges as a 'head clash' and not a late shoulder charge as the backrow enforcer tries to book his spot against the Roosters.

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Justin Hodges 'doesn't care' whether Tariq Sims is suspended

On report for a late challenge: Tariq Sims.

Steve Mascord   Brisbane co-captain Justin Hodges says “hopefully” rival Tariq Sims is not suspended for a late challenge on him – but also that he doesn’t care.