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The North Queensland Cowboys are a professional Rugby League club based in the city of Townsville, which is the largest city in the Australian region of North Queensland.

The clubs home ground of the North Queensland Stadium is one of the best Rugby League stadiums in the world and is a fitting setting for one of the strongest clubs in the NRL.

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The club play at the North Queensland Stadium, known to many as the Queensland Country Bank Stadium due to sponsorship reasons, which has hosted Cowboys matches since it opened in 2020.

The ground can host around 25,000 fans and is always easy to recognise on tv thanks to its unique layout of 3 main wraparound stands but with one end been open, aside from a few row of seats and large screens.

The ground was developed to give the Cowboys and the region a modern stadium as the club former Willows Sports Complex home was starting to show its age and had a lack of corporate facilities that a club such as the NQ Cowboys need.


Townsville is a large city on the north-eastern coast of the Australian state of Queensland and it is the home of the Cowboys.

Their ground and administrative home is within easy walk of the Townsville central business district.


The club can thank their arch rivals in many ways for their existence as an NRL club as the success of the Broncos led to another Queensland side been wanted by the New South Wales Rugby League for their top tier competition.

It was certainly a good decision in the end as the club have gone on to be a huge success in all aspects including junior development and on the field success.


The club entered the NSWRL competition in 1995 but the first few years not only saw the clubs struggle but they saw a lot of upheaval both on and off of the field.

In their first 2 season, the club had 8 different captains and they finished in last place to pick up the proverbial wooden spoon in their inaugural season.

The whole sport in Australia was then of course hit by the Super League wars and the Cowboys decided to join the rebel breakaway league but things were still a struggle in the Super League.

The club did make history however as they faced the Adelaide Rams at Stockdale Stadium in what was the first ever Super League match.

Things didn’t improve for the club upon joining the newly formed National Rugby League (NRL) and they recorded their biggest ever loss when they lost 62-0 to the North Sydney Bears.

In the early 2000’s performances and attendances start to improve but the new millennium didn’t start well as the club would pick up the wooden spoon in 2000 but by 2003, the club were pushing for a play-off place.

They went one better in 2004 when the club reached the play-offs for the first time and they would also pick up their first ever knock out win against the 2nd placed Canterbury before going on to thrash their rival Brisbane 10-0 but in the end they came up short of reaching the Grand Final with a loss to the Roosters.

Thankfully for their fans, it didn’t take too long to reach their first ever Grand Final as they would do just that in 2005.

After finishing the regular season in 5th, the club would go onto to face the Wests Tigers in the final but despite a Dally M winning performance by new signing Johnathan Thurston during that season, they would come up short and miss out on the title.

The next couple of years saw them in contention once again but by 2008, the club had started to struggle on the field and in 2010, they finished bottom of the table aside form Melbourne who had been docked all of their points.

They soon turned things around and they were back into the play-offs and stayed there for the next few years.

In 2015, the club made it through the to the Grand Final once again and in a match up against their arch rivals the Brisbane Broncos, the first ever all-Queensland final, the club played their part in one of the greatest ever Grand Finals as they picked up their first ever championship title by a single point thanks to a Golden point drop goal by Thurston.

That saw the club head to England to face the Leeds Rhinos and they would go onto pick up their first ever World Club Challenge title in a comfortable 38-4 win at Headingley.

They would once again reach the Grand Final in 2017 but they would lose to Melbourne.

Unfortunately, that was the be the last glimpse of success for some time as the club struggled with the retirement of numerous big stars.

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