Nick Tedeschi

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Name: Nick Tedeschi
Date registered: October 20, 2014
URL: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/nrl

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  1. A generational talent, Johnathan Thurston leaves representative arena having achieved it all | Nick Tedeschi — June 23, 2017
  2. Queensland keep State of Origin hopes alive with thrilling late win over NSW — June 21, 2017
  3. A new generation of Blues come of age in fast and furious win over Maroons | Nick Tedeschi — May 31, 2017
  4. Mitchell Pearce given another chance as Billy Slater’s Origin career hits end of road | Nick Tedeschi — May 22, 2017

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Jun 23

A generational talent, Johnathan Thurston leaves representative arena having achieved it all | Nick Tedeschi

He won’t get the fairytale Origin farewell but it will matter little because his entire career has been one never-ending story of success, joy and triumph

The Origin career of one of Queensland’s true greats has come to a sad and unfulfilling end, Johnathan Thurston ruled out for the remainder of the 2017 season at a run-of-the-mill press conference in Townsville.

It is a cruel and bitter blow for the most durable player in State of Origin history, a player who defied size and the years to play an incredible 36 consecutive matches in the Maroon. A rotator cuff injury sustained in State of Origin II requires immediate surgery and a six-month recovery.

Related: Never write off a champion: cool, smart Maroons prove old adage true | Matt Cleary

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/24/a-generational-talent-johnathan-thurston-leaves-representative-arena-having-achieved-it-all

Jun 21

Queensland keep State of Origin hopes alive with thrilling late win over NSW

  • New South Wales Blues 16-18 Queensland Maroons
  • Johnathan Thurston boots Maroons to Game II win at ANZ Stadium

Never count out a champion. Like an ageing heavyweight fighting on spit and experience, Queensland willed themselves to an unlikely 18-16 win over New South Wales in Game II of the State of Origin series.

In a match New South Wales dominated – and then murdered – a 78th minute try to winger Dane Gagai followed by a piercing sideline conversion to Johnathan Thurston proved the difference.

Related: State of Origin 2017 Game 2: Queensland Maroons beat NSW Blues 18-16 – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/21/queensland-keep-state-of-origin-hopes-alive-with-thrilling-late-win-over-nsw

May 31

A new generation of Blues come of age in fast and furious win over Maroons | Nick Tedeschi

In a defining match in State of Origin history, NSW ripped out Queensland’s heart and showed it to them at Suncorp Stadium. But the series is not over yet

You can never write off a champion but for all intents and purposes, the long and brilliant Queensland dynasty is dead after New South Wales slayed the Maroons at Suncorp, a 28-4 defeat that is Queensland’s worst in over a decade. In nearly every facet of the game, the Blues dominated.

The match was a defining one in State of Origin history, the game the Blues blasted the Maroons with some almighty roundhouses and took the ascendancy back. It will be a few years at the very least before Queensland gets it back.

Related: State of Origin Game I: blistering NSW performance puts Queensland to sword

Related: State of Origin 2017 Game I: NSW Blues beat Queensland Maroons – as it happened

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/01/a-new-generation-of-blues-come-of-age-in-fast-and-furious-win-over-maroons

May 22

Mitchell Pearce given another chance as Billy Slater’s Origin career hits end of road | Nick Tedeschi

The Rooster’s inclusion in the Blues’ team for this year’s Origin opener will divide opinion as much as the omission of Slater leaves a state in shock

Mitchell Pearce has been recalled by NSW coach Laurie Daley on the same day Billy Slater’s long and storied career with Queensland appears to have been ended by Queensland mentor Kevin Walters.

Pearce, channelling the cockroach name the NSW side has colloquially became known as, was thought to have had a black line ruled through his name after his infamous pre-season scandal last year but has been given yet another lifeline by a Blues coach smitten with his club form.

Related: Johnathan Thurston in Queensland State of Origin squad but unlikely to play

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/23/mitchell-pearce-given-another-chance-as-billy-slaters-origin-career-hits-end-of-road