RLWC 2017 to be Thurston’s last

Johnathan Thurston playing for Australia at the 2013 RLWC.

Australian Kangaroos superstar Johnathan Thurston will play his final match for the green and golds at this year’s Rugby League World Cup.

Thurston, now 33, is to retire from all forms of representative football at the end of 2017 to focus on finishing his career strongly with the North Queensland Cowboys.

The mercurial half-back has won every international honour available to him since first donning the famous colours of Australia and has been at the heart of their success for the last decade.

Recent times have seen him play more of a pivotal role as the main playmaker and leader, helping the Kangaroos secure success in the last World Cup and the 2016 Four Nations.

Having regained their world number one status and as the current holders of every international trophy, Australia will be hoping that Thurston goes out in style on home soil later this year.