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Thurston backs stand-alone Origins


One of the greatest Rugby League players, Queensland's ironman, Johnathan Thurston has warned State of Origin had become so brutal it was now ridiculous to ask players to back up in the NRL. The Maroons champion playmaker has joined the push for standalone interstate games after witnessing first hand the carnage caused by the series opener - a game considered one of the most ferocious in Origin history. "I have never been part of such a brutal game before in Origin," said the 31 year old Thurston who has played a record 28...


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