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Thurston on track to play in Anzac Test

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/05/2017 Matt Coughlan
Johnathan Thurston © Getty Images Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Thurston says he's on track to play for Australia in Friday night's Test against New Zealand in Canberra.

But Thurston said if he feels any of the soreness which led to him withdrawing from North Queensland's match against Parramatta last week, he won't play in the Anzac Test at GIO Stadium.

"The session I did this morning was high intensity and I didn't feel any soreness from it like I did last week," Thurston said on Monday.

"If it keeps going the way it's going I'll be fit to play."

While he hopes to make a call by Wednesday, Thurston admitted a decision could come as late as match day.

"Every time there's an opportunity to represent my country I want to play in the game but the team comes first," Thurston said.

"I need to be selfless in this instance in making sure that I make the best decision for the team.

"If the calf pulls up with any soreness I'll pull the pin straight away."

Cowboys coach Paul Green has appealed for the Kangaroos not to risk his star player if he's underdone, with a chance he could miss up to eight weeks by aggravating the injury.

Thurston got through the Cowboys' final training session before Friday night's match without issue but pulled up sore on match day.

If Thurston is forced to withdraw, Cronulla star James Maloney will wear the No. 6 jersey.

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