July 25: Maroons legend born; Dugan downs Dragons

On this day, a mercurial Maroons legend was born, Raiders star Clinton Schifcofske's boot sinks the Warriors in extra time and Josh Dugan continues the Dragons' Raiders hoodoo.

1965

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.

1996

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 more than 100 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

1997

Nat Butcher was born in Sydney. The Sydney Roosters forward made his debut in 2016 and has progressed to become a regular first-grader at the club. His father Blake played for South Sydney in the 1990s.

2004

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

2004

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

2011

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.

 

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