The ability to offload seemingly impossible around the corner passes became the gifted forwards trademark. The son of Penrith founding father Merv Cartwright, John Cartwright was a gangly teenager when he made his first grade debut in 1985. He honed his ball skills to gain State of Origin selection in 1989 but NSW lost the series 3-0 and Cartwright was ill-used in the front row. The following year, he was one of four Penrith players selected in the Kangaroos squad but was unlucky to be dropped after Australia's fir...
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