Sunday 25 February 2018 / 06:45 AM


Matt Bowen is undoubtedly one of the premiership’s greatest players of the NRL era, scoring 130 tries in 270 games for the North Queensland Cowboys and producing countless highlight reel moments. But the diminutive fullback made just one Test appearance for Australia – against France in 2004 – and started in just two matches for Queensland.

That’s not to say ‘Mango’ didn’t make his mark in the Origin arena, however, coming off the bench in another eight games for the Maroons.

Bowen’s 2003-07 Origin tenure, in which he missed just two games from his debut until his final appearance, will chiefly be remembered for the only golden point try in the concept’s history to date – in the 2005 series opener. That iconic moment was the second in a run of four Origins that the diminutive fullback found his way over the try-line.

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CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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