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July 25: Dale Shearer's birthday, Sione and Chanel Mata'utia's special day

On this day, a mercurial Maroons legend was born, Raiders star Clinton Schifcofske's boot sinks the Warriors in extra-time and Sione and Chanel Mata'utia create a little piece of history.


Dale Shearer was born. A speedy winger, fullback or centre, he played 21 Tests for Australia and 26 Origins for Queensland, racking up 13 and 12 tries respectively. His club career, which ran from 1985-98, began at Manly for five seasons before stints with Brisbane, the Gold Coast, South Queensland, the Roosters and Cowboys, tallying 72 tries in 180 appearances.


Sione Mata'utia was born in the western Sydney suburb of Liverpool. While he spent most of his junior years in the back line, Mata’utia made the shift to the second row in 2016 and has been a versatile contributor to the Knights. He made his debut in 2014 and has played 119 NRL matches for Newcastle. In a remarkable rookie year, he also played three Tests for Australia in 2014 on the wing before representing Samoa three years later.

Sione Mata'utia.
Sione Mata'utia. ©Paul Barkley/NRL Photos


Canberra fullback Clinton Schifcofske kicks two field goals in three minutes to give the Raiders a 30-29 extra-time win over the Warriors.


A knock-on by Newcastle lock Ben Kennedy leads to a match-winning try by North Queensland captain Travis Norton in a second match decided in extra-time.

Josh Dugan scores for Canberra against the Dragons in 2011.
Josh Dugan scores for Canberra against the Dragons in 2011. ©NRL Photos


Lowly rated Canberra extend their remarkable hoodoo against defending premiers St George Illawarra when Raiders fullback Josh Dugan scores a try on the last play of the game to secure a 24-19 victory.


Newcastle pair Sione and Chanel Mata’utia become the first brothers to make their premiership debuts in the same game in 72 years when they help the Knights to a shock 16-12 defeat of the Sydney Roosters at Hunter Stadium.

Roosters winger Brett Morris.
Roosters winger Brett Morris. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos


The Sydney Roosters announce the signing of Canterbury winger Brett Morris to a two-year deal.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.