Playing all but five minutes of the 2016 State of Origin series, Josh Jackson put forward a remarkable effort for a workhorse in the back row.
His efforts did not go unnoticed by his teammates; the Bulldogs second-rower was awarded the players’ player in Origin II at Suncorp Stadium before earning the Brad Fittler medal for being the best NSW VB Blues player of the series. On the NSWRL’s night of nights at The Star, Jackson was a popular choice among teammates and judges alike, with his no-nonsense, hard-working approach perfectly suited to the State of Origin arena.
At 25 years old and having originated in Mudgee, Jackson is one of the best young players in the competition and is certainly in the leadership mix within the VB Blues camp.
He only debuted in sky blue colours last year, but Jackson has made that right edge his own in his six games for the VB Blues and is a player who Queensland will want to shut down given his hard runs and frequent offloads.