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ON Thursday, three players from the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys unveiled bold new looks following their involvement in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave fundraiser. Forwards Ethan Lowe and John Asiata, alongside fullback Lachlan Coote have embraced the Shave with gusto, with all three men promoting their own donation web pages on social media. Coote and Asiata opted for the traditional clippered crew cut, while Lowe went shocking blonde in a peroxide job gone wrong. Lowe got the new ‘do on Wednesday, and revealed it to a crowd during Thursday’s official ‘shave-off”. He entered the stage with his head wrapped in a turban, unfurling his frighteningly white/yellow mess of hair. Thankfully, for all people with eyesight, Lowey had his hair returned to a more natural colour on the Thursday night ahead of the team flying to Sydney on Friday for the Cowboys Round 2 clash against the Parramatta Eels at Pirtek Stadium. But a great cause all the same and the boys will welcome any and all donations over the coming weeks as the Foundation looks to raise vital funds into Leukaemia treatment ad research. To donate, visit the boys webpage at


WHILE he’s getting plenty of attention off the field for his noble fundraising deeds, Lowe raised eyebrows on the field with an eye-catching display in the Cowboys opening round 20-14 win over the Cronulla Sharks at 1300SMILES Stadium last Saturday. Lowe punched out 80 mins, running for almost 150m, making 38 tackles, laying on a try for centre Justin O’Neill and scoring what would be the match-winner with six minutes left on the clock. Many at the club regarded it as Lowe’s finest outing in his 41-game National Rugby league career and he was duly awarded man-of-the-match honours for a fine display.


A cool little parcel arrived on the Cowboys Insider’s desk this week…

An NRL promotion is underway featuring Micros, figurines in the likeness of your favourite NRL players. The first series will be released next week, and features ‘little’ Jason Taumalolo. Word is that Taumalolo’s teammates Lachlan Coote and Jake Granville are part of subsequent releases, while Ethan Lowe is included in a rarer, “emerging stars” line. Cowboys, New South Wales and Australian front rower James Tamou also has a 1.2m inflatable figure released under the promotion, and he was snapped this week getting in a cheeky gym session on the real players’ day off.


The Cowboys continue to receive letters of support from the UK after their successful World Club Challenge campaign…

During their 10-day stay, the team held several training sessions and attended functions and media events.

Fan Simon Hirst and his daughter Lucy caught up with the players after the game at Headingley. Simon wrote a letter to his local paper and it was published and promptly forwarded on to the Cowboys to say thanks to the players for giving up their time. Cowboys Insider posted a screenshot of the letter, under the Tweet, “Some love from over in the old dart #ridemcowboys #HistoryHappens”. This prompted an emailed enquiry from Simon back to the Cowboys wanting to decipher the cheeky tweet. And after a quick straw poll of Cowboys staff, it was decided that “Old Dart” – a slang term for “England” – is mainly known and used by Australians when referring to the “mother country”. It seems that Poms don’t know what we’re about when we refer to the Old Dart. Anyway, confusion overcome and we’re glad Simon appreciated the Cowboys coming over to play Leeds in the WCC.

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