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    Brad Thorn, 41, named for NRC debut

    Vince Rugari
    September 22, 2016, 2:07 pm



    The semi-retired 41-year-old is on the bench for Queensland Country's clash against the Western Sydney Rams at Concord Oval on Saturday.

    Thorn has been an assistant coach for Country but flagged his desire at the start of the NRC to pull on the boots again if required, and he'll do so with coach Toutai Kefu's blessing.

    "It's great to welcome a player of Brad Thorn's calibre into the team," Kefu said.

    "He's been excellent in his role as assistant coach and the players are all really looking forward to having the chance to play alongside him."

    Thorn, a former World Cup winner with the All Blacks who also played eight rugby league Tests for Australia, announced his retirement in mid-2015 after wrapping up a stint with English Premiership side Leicester Tigers.

    That brought him to 450 career matches in top-level union and league during 21 years as a professional.

    Now he'll add at least one more game to that tally, and potentially another two if he's needed for the final rounds of the NRC.

    Thorn had originally hoped to fill in for the Queensland Reds this year in Super Rugby after joining the club as a development coach, but the opportunity never presented itself.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sp...y-debut/#page1

    Still not sure if this is a good or bad thing for the NRC, but either way it is an amazing individual effort to still be in the mix

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    Has never played Rugby for an Oz team. One more box ticked. What a player.

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    If he was playing for the spirit he'd be accused of stealing a club player's spot.

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    Go neck a XXXX. Bloody Queenslanders!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Go neck a XXXX. Bloody Queenslanders!
    Are you just upset he didn't play for the blues?

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    Hardly. The Blues used to win back in the good ol' days. Now go skol them XXXX's kiddo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Hardly. The Blues used to win back in the good ol' days. Now go skol them XXXX's kiddo.
    Reckon it's gotta be almost a tie between you and gigs who's used that same joke more now.

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    I'll throw you a bone though;
    If you can get it over there - the entire Newstead brewery's range of beers are exceptional.
    Especially the pale ale

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    how does this develop players

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    Quote Originally Posted by pieter blackie View Post
    how does this develop players
    Possibly by playing with/against one of the best second rowers of the modern era...
    or we could look for the negatives

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    Maybe they a little short on players in Union because they all going to league.. just reading the local papers..

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Possibly by playing with/against one of the best second rowers of the modern era...
    or we could look for the negatives
    Listen mate! If you are gonna start pumping up the positives for Qld Country you better bloody get back on the XXXX. They don't like poofy craft beer types out in redneck country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Listen mate! If you are gonna start pumping up the positives for Qld Country you better bloody get back on the XXXX. They don't like poofy craft beer types out in redneck country.
    Yeah, neck up

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