North Queensland Cowboys

North Queensland CowboysThe North Queensland Cowboys were introduced to the NRL in 1995, and play their home matches in Townsville, the region’s largest city. After being anchored near the bottom of ladder for their first nine years, the Cowboys have enjoyed regular finals appearances since, including a maiden NRL premiership in 2015.

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A late four-game losing streak threatened to end an otherwise solid campaign for the Cowboys in 2017, although miracle final-round circumstances saw them qualify for the finals in eighth. From there, they embarked on a fairytale run through September, defeating highly-fancied opponents Cronulla, Parramatta and Sydney away from home, but had their hopes of a happy ending destroyed by a rampant Melbourne Storm in the grand final.

Senior coach: Paul Green
Captains: Jonathon Thurston, Matthew Scott
2017 finish: 2nd (8th before finals)
Premierships: 2015

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2018 Team List
Carlin Anderson, John Asiata, Scott Bolton, Javid Bowen, Josh Chudleigh, Jake Clifford, Gavin Cooper, Lachlan Coote, Mitchell Dunn, Kyle Feldt, Shaun Fensom, Gideon Gela-Mosby, Jake Granville, Ben Hampton, Coen Hess, Sam Hoare, Shaun Hudson, Corey Jensen, Marcus Jensen, Kyle Laybutt, Kane Linnett, Ethan Lowe, Te Maire Martin, Jordan McLean, Francis Molo, Michael Morgan, Juston O’Neill, Emry Pere, Matthew Scott, Jason Taumalolo, Johnathan Thurston, Enari Tuala, Antonio Winterstein, Shane Wright

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Last updated: 21 December, 2017

North Queensland Cowboys Articles

Taumalolo to be the first non–Australian to be immortalised

Taumalolo to be the first non–Australian to be immortalised

by , 11 Jan 2018

It was 2008 on a cold winter’s night. I was sitting in the 100-year-old stand (named after Keith Barnes the next year) with the new Roosters Recruitment Manager Peter O’Sullivan at Leichhardt Oval.

It’s time for the Cowboys to make some noise

It’s time for the Cowboys to make some noise

by , 8 Jan 2018

On the first Sunday night in October 2015 I was on the edge of my seat. The Cowboys were attacking the Broncos line for one final shot at the try line.

Where will your side finish in 2018? (Part Four)

Where will your side finish in 2018? (Part Four)

by , 5 Jan 2018

After three days of surprisingly little abuse, I finally complete my predictions for the upcoming 2018 NRL season – including my tip for the premiership.

Cowboys hot, Knights not: My 2018 NRL predictions

Cowboys hot, Knights not: My 2018 NRL predictions

by , 5 Jan 2018

I’ll keep the intro short and sweet, nothing about crystal balls, etc. Here is how I see the 2018 NRL ladder at the end of the season.

Predictions for the 2018 NRL season

Predictions for the 2018 NRL season

by , 4 Jan 2018 Popular article!

It’s that time of year where rugby league commentators, journalists, ex-players and fans start giving their predictions for the 2018 NRL season.

Johnathan Thurston back early for pre-season

Johnathan Thurston back early for pre-season

by , 15 Nov 2017

Johnathan Thurston has returned to North Queensland’s pre-season training early as he stays on track for a milestone NRL round-one return from his shoulder surgery.

North Queensland Cowboys 2017 season review

North Queensland Cowboys 2017 season review

by , 28 Oct 2017

The Cowboys came into 2017 as one of the premiership favourites with a squad full of experience and quality across the paddock.

The statistical review: NRL season 2017

The statistical review: NRL season 2017

by , 5 Oct 2017

The Melbourne Storm’s emphatic win over the North Queensland Cowboys brought NRL season 2017 to a finish and gained them the season’s greatest award: the premiership.

After a tough few years, the Melbourne Storm are finally back on top

After a tough few years, the Melbourne Storm are finally back on top

by , 4 Oct 2017

They proved to be the form team of the competition by a country mile this season, and on Sunday night the Melbourne Storm finally made it count by thrashing the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL grand final.

The season is over, so stop with the Cowboys superlatives

The season is over, so stop with the Cowboys superlatives

by , 3 Oct 2017

The NRL grand final is done and dusted and I for one am glad. Like other footy fans I’m sad that the season is over but I’m relieved that I don’t have to listen to more media exaggeration about the North Queensland Cowboys’ so-called “fairytale” and “miraculous” season.


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