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Penrith great Greg Alexander.

On this day in NRL history: Greg Alexander was born, the first regular season match was played at the first incarnation of the Sydney Football Stadium and Balmain won the Nissan Nines.

1954

Steve Edmonds was born. During a 10-year career for the Cronulla Sharks, he scored 45 tries. He was later nominated for a spot in the Sharks' "Team of the Half Century".

1965

Penrith, Warriors, NSW and Australia player Greg Alexander was born. During a stellar club career, Alexander made 228 appearances for the Panthers (100 tries) and 37 for the Warriors. On the rep scene, the wily No.7 had six matches for both Australia and the NSW Blues.

1986

Warriors, New Zealand and Tonga winger Manu Vatuvei. During his 226 matches for the Warriors, the man affectionately known as "The Beast" scored 152 tries. He also scored 22 tries in 28 appearances for the Kiwis and one in two matches for Tonga.

1988

The Sydney Football Stadium hosted its first match of rugby league, with St George scoring a 24-14 win over Eastern Suburbs. Graeme Wynn scored two tries and Ricky Walford scored a try and kicked four goals for the Saints.

The Sydney Football Stadium.
The Sydney Football Stadium. ©NRL Photos

1989

Twenty-five years before the NRL Auckland Nines began, Balmain emerged victorious from the Nissan Nines tournament.

1994

South Sydney provided a major upset by beat Brisbane 27-26 in the Tooheys Challenge final in Albury.

2001

The Bulldogs and Knights fight out a thrilling 28-all draw in the first NRL game at the Sydney Showground in Homebush. Canterbury scored five tries to four but Andres Johns' six goals proved enough to earn a share of the spoils.

2011

Johnson gets the Eden Park crowd cheering

 

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