Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston proving he belongs in the company of the game's truly great

Phil Gould How good was Johnathan Thurston on Saturday night? League fans have been privileged over the past quarter of a century to be able to marvel at the skills of six of the greatest ever Australian rugby...

South Sydney slip up as Johnathan Thurston inspires Cowboys victory

Cowboy on the run: North Queensland's Michael Morgan makes a break during the victory over Souths.

Dominic Bossi South Sydney blew the opportunity to move into pole position and grasp one hand on the minor premiership after slumping to a disappointing loss at home to a rampant North Queensland Cowboys.

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Refs told stop time-wasting and abuse from captains

Brad Walter Michael Ennis's abuse of referee Gerard Sutton and the time-wasting tactics by the Canterbury captain in Thursday's night's 19-12 loss to South Sydney has been deemed "unacceptable" and resulted in a...

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Jarrod Croker on track to re-write Canberra Raiders records

Jon Tuxworth, Chris Wilson Jarrod Croker used to joke he would become the Raiders' top points scorer. It's no joke now.


Josh Reynolds motivated by talk of Johnathan Thurston return

Loyal Bulldog: Josh Reynolds.

Michael Chammas Long before they locked horns in a fiery State of Origin confrontation, Johnathan Thurston threw down the gauntlet to Josh Reynolds.


Josh Reynolds and Johnathan Thurston bury hatchet after State of Origin headbutt incident

Josh Reynolds and Johnathan Thurston shake hands after their spiteful Origin clash.

Ben Horne and Laine Clark Fiery NSW playmaker Josh Reynolds went out of his way to ensure there was no bad blood between he and Johnathan Thurston, but the Queensland star says it was he who needed to apologise.

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Real Cowboys don't dive for penalties, say coach Paul Green and captain Johnathan Thurston


Steve Mascord Coach Paul Green and captain Johnathan Thurston say North Queensland players will never take dives on their watch, even if it costs the team certain penalties.

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Feed off Origin pain, Johnathan Thurston tells Queensland teammates

Jim Morton Johnathan Thurston has not forgotten how losing felt in his first Origin series in 2005 and has implored his Maroon teammates to also feed off the pain.

Johnathan Thurston sends scare through Maroons

Laine Clark Another headache looms in the halves for Queensland coach Mal Meninga.

Johnathan Thurston finds an ally in NSW coach

Ian McCullough Under-fire Queensland five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has found an unlikely ally in NSW coach Laurie Daley.


Johnathan Thurston and Queensland lose their heads on State of Origin spite night


Adrian Proszenko We are accustomed to seeing Queensland, when they are behind with a couple of minutes to go, showing plenty of fight. But never like this.

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State of Origin: Johnathan Thurston adds his weight to calls for stand-alone games

Hard work: Johnathan Thurston  says the intensity of Origin football is making it hard for players to perform well for their clubs.

Adrian Proszenko Johnathan Thurston is the latest star to back calls for stand-alone State of Origin games, saying the intensity of the series is making it almost impossible to back up for club games.


Jack Wighton to take on Johnathan Thurston in round one

Portrait of The Canberra Raiders' Jack Wighton
Filed: Thursday, 30 January 2014 6:26:00 pm 
Photo by Rohan Thomson, The Canberra Times


Chris Wilson Raiders sensation Jack Wighton faces the ultimate NRL test in his top-grade debut at No. 6 - Johnathan Thurston.


Johnathan Thurston, Michael Morgan face a nervous night against the Canberra Raiders in the NRL

Michael Morgan Cowboys

Laine Clark If you think Johnathan Thurston is nervous before his rematch with Josh Papalii, spare a thought for Michael Morgan.

Johnathan Thurston says Kangaroos not treating Kiwi game with smugness

Johnathan Thurston.

Johnathan Thurston says there is too much pride and professionalism in the Kangaroos side to let complacency get the better of them against an understrength New Zealand on Friday.

Johnathan Thurston's league form worries Ben Barba

Laine Clark As a Queenslander, Ben Barba is excited by Test pivot Johnathan Thurston's pre-State of Origin form.


Johnathan Thurston and Matt Scott send State of Origin warning to NSW with starring roles in North Queensland Cowboys' victory over Brisbane Broncos

Maroon alert: Johnathan Thurston was in ominous form, combining with Matt Scott with devastating effect in the Cowboys' victory over Queensland rivals the Broncos.

Steve Mascord IT'S official: everything that happens in the NRL for the foreseeable future must be seen through the prism of State of Origin.

Johnathan Thurston ready for battle of the halves

Concussion scare: Johnathan Thurston.

Steve Mascord North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston says he's rubbing his hands in anticipation of next Saturday's clash with premiers Sydney Roosters, which pits him against likely NSW halves James Maloney...

Johnathan Thurston wins second Golden Boot

Ian Laybourn Australian Johnathan Thurston has joined Andrew Johns and Darren Lockyer as only the third player to win Rugby League World's coveted Golden Boot twice.

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Billy Slater fighting fit for Rugby League World Cup final, says Johnathan Thurston

Billy Slater

Playmaker Johnathan Thurston expects Billy Slater to play in the Rugby League World Cup final after the Kangaroos fullback trained strongly again on Friday.