ORIGIN UPDATE | Johnathan Thurston ruled out for the Cowboys

UPDATE 6:08PM | It has just been confirmed that Johnathan Thurston will miss out on playing his 300th game for the Cowboys against the Panthers this weekend, after team doctors had a look at his injured shoulder back home in Townsville.

A brief statement from the club confirmed Thurston will be on the sidelines at 1300SMILES stadium this weekend.

Results from scans will determine if he’ll get to play his 300th club game against the Raiders in Canberra next week.


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EARLIER 5:43 PM | In some devastating news for the Maroons Origin team, Darius Boyd has been ruled out of next month’s decider after it was confirmed he had broken his thumb.

The Courier Mail can reveal Boyd will miss up to six weeks.

Scans carried out after Queensland’s incredible last minute 18-16 come from behind win showed he has a break in his right hand.  The injury will require surgery.

It also means Boyd will miss the Broncos game against the Raiders in Canberra on Saturday night.

Johnathan Thurston also isn’t a certainty to play for the Cowboys against the Panthers on Saturday after his shoulder copped a hammering from the Blues.

But after leaving his hotel room on Thursday morning he seems optimistic, telling media waiting outside that he wouldn’t know for sure until he saw team doctors in Townsville, but he was feeling okay.