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July 6: JT joins Cowboys; Lockyer farewells Origin

On this day in rugby league history, the Cowboys make their greatest signing, an Andrew Johns Origin blinder and the dawn of a new style of goal-kicking.


Hooker John Gray kicks Great Britain to victory in the second Test at the SCG with an 'around-the-corner' style of goalkicking that quickly grows in popularity.


Western Suburbs are sensationally docked the competition point they earned for a draw against Canterbury after second-rower Mick Liubinskas is deemed an unauthorised replacement. The lost point costs the Magpies a place in the finals.


Bulldogs five-eighth Johnathan Thurston signs a three-year deal with North Queensland. Thurston would go on to win the Dally M Medal four times (in 2005, 2007, 2014 and 2015) and win the Golden Boot award three times (in 2011, 2013 and 2015).


New South Wales rout the Maroons 32-10 in the State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium and reserve their place in history as only the second Blues team to fight back from a 1-0 deficit to win the series. Andrew Johns plays a role in all six New South Wales tries.


The Brisbane Broncos produce another stoic performance following an Origin match to pip the Gold Coast 19-18 in extra-time at Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland's Darren Lockyer at the end of the 2011 series.
Queensland's Darren Lockyer at the end of the 2011 series. ©NRL Photos


Queensland send retiring captain Darren Lockyer out on a winning note after a 34-24 triumph in the State of Origin series decider at Suncorp Stadium.


Parramatta winger Semi Radradra scores his fifth consecutive try double to equal a record set by legendary Eastern Suburbs centre Dave Brown in 1935.


Broncos veteran Sam Thaiday reveals plans to retire at the end of the season by dressing up as an elderly man and making the announcement at a retirement village. "I've always been a bit different in everything I've done," Thaiday said.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.

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