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Rugby league champion Johnathan Thurston took time out on the morning of the deciding 2017 State of Origin clash (Wednesday, July 12) to help raise awareness of the looming Latin American Rugby League Championships.

Despite having his shoulder in a sling due to recent surgery, Thurston agreed to sign a Queensland Latino jersey which will be raffled to help raise travel fares for players from across Central and South America heading to Chile in November.

Queensland’s most prolific Origin player, with 220 points scored from 37 games, inked his name on the rare piece of kit alongside Latin American Rugby League’s Brazilian-born founding treasurer Gil Marconi.

To enter into the draw to win the one-of-a-kind jersey, or find out more information, you can visit the Latin American Rugby League Championship funding page.

Thurston signed the jersey while appearing at a breakfast on behalf of the Arthur Beetson Foundation, where he received the inaugural Arthur Beetson Medal.

*The 100% volunteer-run Latin American Rugby League is supported by Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taquerias, Brisbane City Council, Shield Security Pty Ltd, Tattoo Tears, One Big Switch, Cast Graphics, Serious About Rugby League, Retro-Com Digital TV Specialists, Colombianos en Brisbane, EMSA Education and Migration Services Australia, Raw Juicery, SEMCAR Mechanics, Lichtnauer and Associates Accountants, Cabramatta Ink Tattoo, Majestic Property Maintenance, musician Royal El ' Latino, Radio Austral and Fighting For Fitness Gym.