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The moment that defines Billy

What is the defining moment of Billy Slater's remarkable representative career?

Instantly the 'chip n' chase' as a 20-year-old in 2004 springs to mind.

However his crowning moment would come another 12 years later.

After his non-selection in Origin I of 2017, most thought, including perhaps the man himself, that the greatest fullback of all time had played his last game for Queensland.

Yet instead of it becoming part of his final chapter, Slater used that moment to launch into his finest hour.

"If you think about Origin, since he made his debut he has been an automatic selection every time. Then he comes back from injury and to not be selected, that is pretty gut-wrenching," Storm Football Director Frank Ponissi told The Australian.

"I remember the Newcastle game - the first game back after he didn't get selected and two days after Origin I - that whole week he could have been sulking but he was the reverse.

"I have no doubt in his mind he would have questioned whether he had played his last State of Origin game. It was at the crossroads for him. That was just a defining moment in his career. It was a big moment and it just changed his whole season."

Now the 35-year-old champion is preparing to pull on the Maroons jerseys one last time on Wednesday night.

He will do so as captain, a fitting honour for a man who has simply refused to be beaten when it seemed all odds were against him.

Read the full story in The Australian.

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