Earlier in the year North Queensland Cowboys, Maroons and Kangaroos legend Johnathan Thurston encouraged Aussies to take a look into the meanings surrounding Australia Day. Immediately following this, Inside Sport magazine took up the opportunity to open up its own discussion.
Asked on Twitter by Inside Sport staffers James Smith and Jeff Centenera to nominate their all-time favourite Indigenous rugby league players, followers of the pair’s rugby league podcast Dead In Goal responded in kind.
Collectively, their listeners created a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rugby league players that would give any squad a run for its money.
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There were plenty of favourites nominated, from the great Thurston himself, to Australia’s first Indigenous national sporting captain, Artie Beetson, as well as modern marvel Greg Inglis. Then there were the likes of the legendary Larry Corowa and Gorgeous George Rose … and many, many more.
The fantastic response to Dead In Goal’s call proved that the great Indigenous players leave fantastic, lasting and vivid memories for rugby league lovers.
(Originally posted as: "Thurston's national chat plea inspires roll call of Indigenous legends" on Jan 25, 2018).
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