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 North Queensland Cowboys
Next Game: The Season has finished
Roos and Cowboys sweat on Thurston fitness
25 Apr 2017
North Queensland coach Paul Green says Johnathan Thurston should not be picked for Australia if he is not fit for the Cowboys' NRL clash against Parramatta.

Australian selectors have their fingers crossed Johnathan Thurston will be fit to play New Zealand after North Queensland claimed they wouldn't rush the playmaker back from injury "just so he can play a Test match".

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga has been sweating on Thurston to overcome a two-week calf complaint before unveiling the national team on Wednesday for their May 5 trans-Tasman Test in Canberra.

And he appeared to get good news when Thurston was named by the Cowboys for Friday night's NRL clash with Parramatta - albeit as 18th man.

North Queensland coach Paul Green made it clear on Tuesday that Thurston should be not be considered for the Test against the Kiwis if he is not passed fit for the Eels clash.

"We've said all along if he is not fit to play for us than he wouldn't probably be playing in that Test match," Green said.

"We won't rush him back just so he can play a Test match.

"We've got a lot of games to play yet this season for us, so we are not going to take any unnecessary risks."

Meninga will liaise closely with Australian and Cowboys doctor Chris Ball on Thurston's availability before the official Kangaroos team announcement in Sydney.

Green said Thurston had begun running but had not yet featured in a Cowboys training session since his injury return.

"JT is a determined bloke, but it's not about how determined he is. It's about how fit he is," Green said of the likelihood of a Thurston comeback.

"He needs to convince us that he is fully fit before we consider him."

Cronulla star James Maloney is on standby for Thurston, with Meninga tipped to keep Cowboys half Michael Morgan on the interchange bench.

Meninga will show faith in his incumbents but will use NRL form to replace the only players officially unavailable from Australia's last start win over New Zealand in the 2016 Four Nations final - Matt Scott and Greg Inglis (both knee).

Cronulla star Andrew Fifita may receive a representative reprieve to replace Scott and slot in to the front row, with incumbent prop Aaron Woods, after his Four Nations snub.

Fifita starred in Cronulla's 2016 NRL grand final win but was overlooked for Meninga's triumphant end of season trip because of the NRL integrity unit's investigation in to his off field issues.

However, Meninga confirmed Fifita had started the year with a clean slate.

"He's paid his penance and paid his dues. He's in the clear now," Meninga told ABC Grandstand on the weekend.

Canterbury's David Klemmer and Canberra giant Shannon Boyd are other front row contenders.

Brisbane's Sam Thaiday is expected to feature on the Kangaroos bench after missing the Four Nations final with a fractured eye socket.

Will Chambers is tipped to replace Inglis at centre, holding out Canberra's Jarrod Croker and North Queensland's Justin O'Neill.

Possible Kangaroos line-up: Darius Boyd, Blake Ferguson, Will Chambers, Josh Dugan, Valentine Holmes, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Aaron Woods, Cameron Smith (capt), Andrew Fifita, Boyd Cordner, Matt Gillett, Trent Merrin. Interchange: Michael Morgan, Sam Thaiday, David Klemmer, Shannon Boyd.

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Last Game: The Cowboys lost against the Brisbane Broncos 12 - 38 at ANZ Stadium, Australia (5099 days ago)  game results here
 North Queensland Cowboys Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played 26 
 Away Games 15 
    Away Wins 6 
 Home Games 11 
    Home Wins
 Total Tries: 44 
 Total Goals: 35 
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For: 514 
 Total Points Against: 771 
 Leagues the North Queensland Cowboys are in
1995 Winfield Cup, 1996 Optus Cup, 1997 Superleague Telstra Cup, 1998 Trials, 1998 NRL Season, 1999 NRL Country Carnival, 1999 NRL Season, 2000 NRL Season, 2001 NRL Season, 2002 NRL Season, 2003 NRL Season,

 Players in 2002
Daniel Strickland, David Thompson, George Gatis, Glenn Morrison, Jamie McDonald, John Buttigieg, John Doyle, Josh Hannay, Ken McGuinness, Leigh McWilliams, Matt Peterson, Matt Sing, Matthew Bowen, Michael Luck, Nathan Fien, Paul Bowman, Peter Jones, Shane Muspratt, Shaun Valentine, Tarin Bradford, Tim Brasher,

 Players in 2001
Adam Connelly, Adam Nable, Brett Hetherington, Brian Jellick, Chris Muckert, Chris Sheppard, Damien Smith, Danny Moore, Geoff Bell, John Manning, Julian O'Neill, Kyle Warren, Lee Oudenryn, Mark Shipway, Naipolioni Kuricibi, Nick Paterson, Paul Dezolt, Paul Pensini, Robert Relf, Scott Whiting, Shayne McMenemy, Tim Maddison, Trent Leis,

 Players in 2000
Brett Boyd, Chad Halliday, Graham Appo, Greg Bourke, Jeremy Schloss, Noel Goldthorpe, Paul Green, Scott Prince,

 Players in 1999
Darrien Doherty, Glen Murphy, Jody Gall, Kris Tassell, Matt Ryan, Noa Nadruku,
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Sunday, 11 May, 2003
Brisbane 38
Cowboys 12

Saturday, 26 Apr, 2003
Cowboys 32
Melbourne 12

Monday, 21 Apr, 2003
Warriors 30
Cowboys 24

Saturday, 12 Apr, 2003
Sydney City 32
Cowboys 0

Saturday, 5 Apr, 2003
Brisbane 32
Cowboys 24

Monday, 31 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 27
South Sydney 20

Saturday, 22 Mar, 2003
Cowboys 30
Eagles 20

Saturday, 15 Mar, 2003
Canberra 46
Cowboys 14

Saturday, 7 Sep, 2002
Cowboys 15
Parramatta 6

Saturday, 31 Aug, 2002
Cowboys 36
South Sydney 34

Round 10
May 17th - 18th
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Canberra   16 
 2   Brisbane   14 
 3   Warriors   14 
 4   Sydney City   12 
 5   Melbourne   12 
 6   Newcastle   12 
 7   Penrith   12 
 8   Canterbury   10 
 9   St George   10 
 10   Eagles   8 
 11   Cowboys   8 
 12   Sharks   6 
 13   Wests Tigers   6 
 14   Parramatta   4 
 15   South Sydney   2 
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