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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.

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