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Taumalolo a Cowboy for life

Wednesday March 22, 2017 by  

The North Queensland Cowboys can today announce that barnstorming forward and reigning Dally M Medallist Jason Taumalolo will be a “Cowboy for life” after agreeing to an historic 10-year deal with the club.

The milestone extension will have Taumalolo, 23, remain a Cowboy until the end of the 2027 National Rugby League season, meaning the prodigiously talented backrower will have been with the club for 20 years after joining their pathways program as a 14-year-old.

“I’m very proud and honoured to be able to say that I’m staying a Cowboy for life,” Taumalolo said. Read more

Cowboys co-captain ACL injury confirmed

Monday March 13, 2017 by  

North Queensland co-captain Matt Scott will miss the remainder of the 2017 National Rugby League season after scans confirmed he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

The 31-year old forward was forced off the field late in the second half of Friday’s epic golden point extra time round two derby clash between the Cowboys and Broncos at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

Speaking about the injury to Scott, Cowboys coach Paul Green said, “It’s obviously a huge blow for Matt and he’s understandably devastated.” Read more

Green names Cowboys squad

Tuesday January 31, 2017 by  

NorthQueensland Cowboys head coach Paul Green’s 2017 NRL Auckland Nines squad is a blend of youth and experience with the 18-strong playing group heading across the ditch tomorrow.

Led by perennial Nines skipper Gavin Cooper and regular season co-captain Johnathan Thurston, the Cowboys’ Nines unit heads into their fourth campaign having never failed to qualify for the knockout rounds.

“The squad’s a good mix of the lesser experienced players with the guys who have played a bit more footy, and who do well in this format,” Green said. Read more

Hannant calls time on playing career

Thursday November 17, 2016 by  

Decorated National Rugby League prop and North Queensland Cowboys premiership winner Ben Hannant has called time on a storied career, announcing his retirement from the game, effective immediately.

The 31-year-old forward – who has played 52 games for the Cowboys over the past two seasons – said injuries and medical advice prompted him to call time of his playing days, a decision he didn’t make lightly.

The veteran prop said it became evident after recent knee surgery that the best decision for his family and his body was to retire. Read more

Cowboys get 13th ‘Home’ game in 2016 draw

Friday November 27, 2015 by  

The North Queensland Cowboys will get to show their wares in front of the Cairns faithful with a Round 17 Premiership match against the South Sydney Rabbitohs included in the 2016 National Rugby League draw.

With the draw announced today, the defending premiers will play 2014 premiers the Rabbitohs at Barlow Park on Sunday July 3 in one of several NQ blockbusters confirmed for the season.

And while it will be an official Souths home game, the match is expected to draw fervent Cowboys support given the Far North Queensland city is squarely in Cowboys country. Read more

Granville extends time at Cowboys

Friday November 27, 2015 by  

Exciting North Queensland Toyota Cowboys hooker Jake Granville has extended his current contract with the club until the end of the 2018 season.

Granville, 26, was contracted until the end of 2016, with the club and player this week finalising a two-year extension following his breakout year in 2015.

A former player in the Intrust Super Cup for Wynnum Manly under current Cowboys mentor Paul Green, Granville blossomed in his first year at the Cowboys and was a key player in the club’s run to their maiden premiership. Read more

Thurston wins fourth Dally M Medal

Monday September 28, 2015 by  

North Queensland Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston has won an unprecedented fourth Dally M Player of the Year award.

Thurston polled 32 points, beating Michael Ennis, Aaron Woods and Benji Marshall (21 points) to the prestigious Medal.

In doing so, Thurston became the first ever player to win four Dally M Player of the Year awards.

Thurston also won his second consecutive Dally M Player of the Year award, following his joint award with Jarryd Hayne in 2014, as well as his sole Medals in 2005 and 2007. Read more

Thurston wins record third Bowman Medal

Friday October 10, 2014 by  

North Queensland’s champion co-captain Johnathan Thurston tonight became the first Cowboy to win the Paul Bowman Medal three times.

The winner of the Cowboy of the Year title in 2005 and 2012, Thurston edged out fellow co-captain Matt Scott for the 2014 medal following a vote count that came down to the final match of North Queensland’s season.

It completed a huge night for JT at the Cowboys’ Presentation Ball at Jupiters Townsville. He also won the Players’ Player Award, the Townsville Bulletin Fans’ Choice Award and became the club’s fifth life member after reaching the 200-game mark during the season. Read more

Hannant signs with the Cowboys

Tuesday October 7, 2014 by  

The North Queensland Cowboys will have another forward with State of Origin and Test experience in their NRL squad next season after signing Ben Hannant to a one-year contract today.

The 29-year-old, who has played 12 matches for Queensland and six for Australia, will move north from the Brisbane Broncos to bolster the Cowboys’ forward pack as North Queensland chase a fifth consecutive finals appearance.

Hannant has played 192 NRL matches after starting his career with the Sydney Roosters in 2005 and won a premiership with the Brisbane Broncos in 2006. Read more

Tate says farewell to the NRL

Wednesday September 3, 2014 by  

One of the outstanding outside backs of his generation, Cowboys centre Brent Tate, has today announced his retirement from rugby league.

The 32-year-old was contracted to North Queensland for the 2015 NRL season, but said the latest serious knee injury of his career had forced him to bring forward his retirement date.

Tate hasn’t played since rupturing his ACL playing for Queensland in Game Two of the State of Origin series in June – the fourth time he has been unlucky enough to be sidelined by an ACL tear. Read more