League: Thurston considered playing for Kiwis

Johnathan Thurston. Photo / Getty Images
Johnathan Thurston. Photo / Getty Images

Johnathan Thurston has admitted he considered playing for the Kiwis nine years ago after he was approached by goalkicking coach Darryl Halligan.

The Kangaroos five-eighth has told The Daily Telegraph that he strongly considered pledging his allegiance to New Zealand and play in the 2004 Tri-Nations series.

Thurston would have been eligible to play for the Kiwis through his father Graham who is a New Zealander.

"I spoke to my family, Mum and Dad, and I did have to consider it," Thurston told the Australian newspaper.

"Darryl Halligan called me because Dad was a Kiwi. I was honoured someone like him would ask me. But in the end I decided to stay and pursue the dream of playing for Australia."

Instead Thurston made his debut for Australia two years later, coming off the bench in a 50-12 thrashing of the Kiwis.

He'll play his 24th test tomorrow night, his 16th against New Zealand, and has suffered just one defeat in the Kangaroos jumper - the 2008 World Cup final.

- nzherald.co.nz

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