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Calling all Queenslanders! On February 23 an event is happening that will make your maroon blood glow brightly, it's the clash of Queensland Great against Queensland Great at a place where history is forged – it's the Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston Testimonial Match at Suncorp Stadium and it kicks off at 7pm.
Players like Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston come along once in a lifetime, and when they do, it's reason to gather. On February 23 Australian, Queensland and Melbourne Storm and North Queensland Toyota Cowboys legends, Smith and Thurston will be recognised for their incredible contribution to Rugby League in a special testimonial match to be played ahead of the 2018 season. Smith's Storm will take on Thurston's Cowboys at their beloved Suncorp Stadium next year, the start of Thurston's final year in the NRL. It will be the first time the teams have faced each other since the 2017 NRL Grand Final, which Smith's Storm won 34-6 over a Cowboys side playing its second Grand Final in three years after losing co-captain Thurston to a season-ending shoulder injury in Origin II.
The on-field achievements of Smith and Thurston have them certain to be future Immortals of the game. Collectively, their resume` reads as 657 club games, 59 Origins, 95 Tests, 10 All-Star appearances, 6 Dally M Medals, 5 Wally Lewis Medals, 4 NRL Grand Final wins and 3 World Cups, records that are likely never to be matched by a Queensland hooker and five-eight in the same generation. Smith and Thurston will be celebrating a combined 32 years of professional rugby league in 2018 and having played together as both teammates and fierce opponents it is fitting that they celebrate their careers together in the city that started it all for them both, Brisbane.
And it gets even better… Smith and Thurston have announced three charities as official partners for the event, they are the Cowboys Community Foundation supported 'NRL Cowboys House', Ovarian Cancer Australia and Prostate Cancer Foundation. Both players' dedication to Rugby League is matched only by their commitment to giving back to the community so they are thrilled to be able to support these charities with a portion of ticket sales being donated to all three.
The match will provide fans with an opportunity to pay tribute to two living legends, and will also be a chance for both Smith and Thurston to thank the fans who have supported them throughout their careers, ahead of what is set to be a memorable season for both. The match will be broadcast exclusively on Fox League, on Fox Sports.
To go into the draw to win a double pass to A Night with Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston, all you have to do is send an email titled 'A Night with Cameron and JT' to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know in 25 words or less why you want to see this anticipated match. Please make sure to include your full name and mailing address so we can send you your prize! 2 lucky winners will be drawn on 16 February 2018
2 lucky winners will be drawn on 16 February 2018