June 18: Billy and the GOAT are born; Dowling and Tamati duke it out

On this day, two all-time greats entered the world on exactly the same day, Greg Dowling and Kevin Tamati got acquainted at Lang Park, while one of the game's characters called time.

1981

Clint Newton is born in South Carolina, USA. The son of golfer Jack Newton, Clint was born during the 1981 US Open. He played 112 games for Newcastle and had stints with Melbourne, Penrith and Hull. He also lined up for four games with the US national team before retiring in 2015.

1983

Incredibly, two future greats greet the world on the same day in Queensland. Cameron Smith, who many now consider to be the best ever, is born in Brisbane, while Billy Slater is born at Nambour. Both are destined to become rugby league Immortals.

1985

A brawl between opposing props Greg Dowling (Australia) and Kevin Tamati (New Zealand) threatens to spill into crowd during a Test at Lang Park. After being banished for fighting, the pair exchange words as they left the field before resuming their stoush on the sideline.

Former Queensland and Kangaroos prop Greg Dowling.
Former Queensland and Kangaroos prop Greg Dowling. ©NRL Photos

2011

Sydney Roosters’ journeyman hooker Mark Riddell announces his immediate retirement at the age of 30. Known affectionately as 'Piggy', he played 250 games for the Dragons, Eels, Wigan and the Roosters.

2014

New South Wales end eight years of State of Origin misery when they clinch game two 6-4 in a dour and spiteful contest at ANZ Stadium.

 

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