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July 31: Lamb a triple centurion; Girdler grinds Manly into dust

On this day, Terry Lamb becomes a triple centurion, Ryan Girdler smashes the Sea Eagles and the Rabbitohs come back from the dead to down the Dragons.


Ian Roberts was born in London. A rampaging forward, he made his name with South Sydney in a 65-game stint from 1986-89, graduating to State of Origin honours with NSW. He switched to Manly and played 100 matches for the Sea Eagles over six seasons, racking up 13 Tests in the early 1990s.

Roberts sat out the 1996 season after signing with Super League and finished his career with 29 appearances over two seasons at North Queensland. Roberts made history in 1994 when he became the first openly gay rugby league player in the world. 


Nathan Brown was born in Maclean in northern NSW. A skilful hooker, he made his debut with St George in the early 1990s, playing 151 games with the Dragons, including the grand final defeats of 1992, '93, '96 and '99. He began his coaching career St George Illawarra and joined Newcastle in 2016 after a stint in the UK. In 2021 he took charge of the New Zealand Warriors.

Nathan Brown.
Nathan Brown. ©NRL Photos


Adam Mogg was born in Toowoomba. A utility back, he made his debut with Parramatta in 2002, playing nine games, before spending the next four seasons with Canberra, then returning to the Raiders in 2010 after a stint in the Super League. Mogg played two matches for the Maroons in the 2006 series and although he was an unheralded selection, he played superbly for Queensland.

Paul Whatuira during his Wests Tigers days.
Paul Whatuira during his Wests Tigers days. ©NRL Photos


Paul Whatuira was born in Wellington. The Kiwi centre, who represented New Zealand 16 times, had stints with the Warriors and Melbourne before a three-year stay at Penrith, which included the 2003 grand final win.

He switched to the Wests Tigers and was part of the premiership win in 2005 in his first of three seasons at the club. Whatuira played with Huddersfield before making one appearance for Parramatta during a short-lived return to the NRL in 2011.


Alex Glenn was born in Auckland. Initially a centre, he made his name in the back row for the Broncos, a model of consistency for the club since making his debut in 2009, racking up his 250th appearance in the 2019 season. 


Terry Lamb makes his long-awaited comeback from a broken arm to play his 300th first-grade match in the Bulldogs’ defeat of Souths.


Penrith centre Ryan Girdler scores a club record 28 points in his team’s crushing 52-10 defeat of Manly.

Ty Williams on the fly for North Queensland.
Ty Williams on the fly for North Queensland. ©NRL Photos


North Queensland winger Ty Williams runs from near the Cowboys’ dead-ball line to score a 110-metre try against Manly.


Souths achieve one of their greatest comeback victories to upset St George Illawarra 34-24 at WIN Stadium. The Rabbitohs trailed 20-0 late in the first half before launching their fightback.


Warriors second-rower Eliesa Katoa and injured teammate Selestino Ravutaumada face an uncertain future after learning that COVID-19 border restrictions will prevent their return to New Zealand because they are not citizens of the country.


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