BIFF: The famous brawl between Queensland and New South Wales players early in the State of Origin game in Melbourne on May 31, 1995.
BIFF: The famous brawl between Queensland and New South Wales players early in the State of Origin game in Melbourne on May 31, 1995. Sean Garnsworthygetty Images

Billy Moore and David Barnhill show old wounds hard to heal

IT WAS probably the biggest brawl in State of Origin history - and Billy Moore and David Barnhill were the last two players to be separated after minutes of flying punches and fierce face-offs.

Tomorrow, Moore and Barnhill share their memories with the Sunshine Coast Daily of the famous all-in fight at the MCG in 1995, ignited just minutes into the game after the Maroon front row shouted the "Queenslander" catch-cry.

Moore - famous for yelling "Queenslander" as the team came down the tunnel - reminisces about the build-up to the game, the Maroons' bonding in the face of enormous public doubt, and at how mortified he is whenever he sees the footage of his hopeless attempts at fisticuffs with the Blues' Barnhill.

"It is so embarrassing because I boxed with the great (trainer) Johnny Lewis for years," he told rugby league writer Wayne Heming.

"To this day I don't think (he) has ever spoken to me again."

The pair also talk about the famous fight, which ironically has brought them closer together as friends.

"We always have a good laugh about that night," Barnhill said. "But I'm sure if we played Origin tomorrow, (Billy) would try and knock my head off again."

For the full story, don't miss our bumper Origin preview in tomorrow's sports section.

JOHNATHAN THURSTON POSTER

Whoops. JT'S boots seem to have gone walking right out of today's Daily. The final piece of the State of Origin poster should have been in today's paper and we apologise it wasn't. However, fear not, JT's feet are being saved for game day and will appear in tomorrow's edition, along with an eight-page Origin feature.   

The Daily apologises for the production error that led to the Johnathan Thurston poster being left out of today's paper. Complaints to jenna.cairney@scnews.com.au or 5430 1079.


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