300th NRL match

Thurston set to play 300th

It will take an injury to prevent Thurston from simultaneously entering the exclusive 300 club, as well as becoming the most capped Cowboys with 271 games for North Queensland, overtaking Matthew Bowen. 

The only change to the side that defeated the Parramatta Eels in Round 14 is the inclusion of Corey Jensen on the bench, taking over from Ben Spina, who injured his biceps against the Melbourne Strom in Round 15.