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North Queensland Toyota Cowboy John Asiata is known for his versatility on-field, but you may not know that the back-rower also has some impressive talents off-field.

John loves to play the piano and sing, and is also the Cowboys' reading captain for the NRL's 2016 Rugby League Reads program.

John visited Rasmussen State School on Thursday to present 25 copies of the Rugby League Reads magazine, kindly donated by the NRL and featuring John's reading captain page that will help you get to know him better!

Rugby League Reads aims to engage young readers from age 7, particularly those who may be reluctant readers.

The program teaches young people about the importance of reading as a life skill, as well as showcasing how enjoyable reading for pleasure can be. 

Rugby League Reads is a key resource within the NRL's Learn community portfolio (Respect, Learn and Health) and signifies the NRL’s commitment to help increase the educational opportunities for members of the rugby league family and the broader community.

For more information on the Rugby League Reads magazine and classroom set (including teacher's resource), visit

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