Thurston ordered to apologise

North Queensland have ordered an apology from skipper Jonathan Thurston following his arrest by police.

Thurston was arrested and charged for a public nuisance offence after a boozy night out in Brisbane this morning.

A statement from the club read: “The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys and Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston apologise to all stakeholders for this morning’s incident involving a charge of public nuisance being laid against Johnathan in Brisbane.

“Both the club and player acknowledge that his alleged behaviour was unbecoming of a player of his standing and as a representative of the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.

“The Board and management of the club express their disappointment with Johnathan’s actions and advise that he will be required to explain the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“The North Queensland Toyota Cowboys maintain strict player behaviour protocols and are committed to ensuring that players understand their commitment to members, sponsors and the community.”

Thurston’s place in the Australia squad has been called into question following a poor season with North Queensland.

He has also recently admitted his frustration at his patchy form.

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