Johnathan Thurston rounds up legends in flood fundraising appeal, State of Origin jersey auction, NRL flood fundraising appeal

By Chris De Silva and Marc Churches

As floods continued to ravage Queensland and New South Wales, rugby league legend Johnathan Thurston knew he had to do something.

Having played 294 of his 323 career NRL games in North Queensland, Thurston was used to seeing natural disasters in the region, but this time the devastation was on a larger scale.

The memorabilia room inside Thurston’s house is worthy of being a rugby league museum. It contains dozens of game balls from its many iconic games. The walls are draped in framed jerseys.

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Thurston came in and had an idea of ​​how he could help those whose lives had been turned upside down by the floods.

“Seeing on the news the devastation in south east Queensland and northern New South Wales with the floods people have lost everything so to raise money I thought I would donate some a State of Origin jersey,” he told Wide World of Sports.

Thurston settled on one of his most treasured memories: a jersey worn by the game in the 2007 State of Origin series.

Thurston in the opener of this series was named player of the match in a 25-18 win over Queensland.

“We won 2-1 that year, but it was also our first win in Sydney. [in Game II] in 12 games,” he recalls.

“I cherish all my shirts in this arena, but I thought it was pretty special, to have that first win in Sydney in 11 games.

“I think it could also have been my first win in an Origin in Sydney, so it’s a very special shirt.”

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However, Thurston knew his shirt alone wouldn’t be enough, so he had an idea.

“I spoke to Fordo (Nine’s Head of NRL, Simon Fordham) about it and then I started asking the other boys on the commentary team if they could come on board,” he said. he declares.

“Obviously these shirts are very valuable items to anyone who wears this shirt, so I felt uncomfortable asking, but they all jumped on board straight away.

“They obviously supported us, the players in the home arena and in club football and Test football.

“They do it hard and I thought it was a small way to support them through a very difficult time.”

Thurston was surprised by the support he received from his fellow NRL greats.

Featuring Thurston’s 2007 jersey, Brad Fittler’s Game 2 1993 jersey, Darren Lockyer’s Game 1 2006 jersey, Greg Inglis’ Game 3 2013 jersey, Billy Slater’s Game 2 2017 jersey, Cameron’s Game 3 2013 jersey Smith, Sam Thaiday’s 2011 Game 1 jersey, Paul Gallen’s 2016 Game 2 jersey and Andrew Johns’ 2003 Game 1 jersey will all be auctioned off as part of the NRL Flood Appeal auction.

“It was (a tough decision),” Thurston admitted. “Talking to the other boys as well, they all dipped into their collections.

“It’s such a tough decision, but it’s a decision the boys jumped on board with, all because we’ve seen the devastation caused by the floods and it’s a small sign that hopefully will make a difference in the lives of people who have been affected by the floods.”

“Over the past few days we have been blown away by the generosity of our commentators who have decided to donate their SOO game shirts to help raise money for those affected by the floods in Queensland and New South Wales. “, Fordham added.

“Johnathan Thurston piloted this concept from the start and got support from Billy Slater, Andrew Johns, Cameron Smith, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer, Sam Thaiday, Paul Gallen and Greg Inglis.

“The generosity of these rugby league legends will make a difference in areas of the rugby league community that desperately need it.”

Fans will be able to bid on iconic State of Origin jerseys for two weeks, with the total amount of money raised going directly to the NRL Flood Appeal Fund.

The fund will directly help youth football clubs in Queensland and New South Wales which have been affected by the floods. To place a bid, CLICK HERE, then click on the ‘Register’ button. Then enter your details and click ‘Register’. Once you’ve done that, follow the prompts, log in with your registration information, and start your auction.

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