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June 13: Joey shows nerves of steel; a Dally M winner is born

On this day, a future Dally M Medal winner is born, Andrew Johns shows his Immortal class and the Dogs get a lucky break.


Daniel Mortimer was born in Sydney. The son of Canterbury centre Peter and nephew of three other first-graders - Bulldogs legends Steve and Chris and Glen, who played for the Sharks - Daniel rose to prominence in 2009 when he was a key member of Parramatta's charge to the grand final. He was a member of the Roosters' 2013 grand final-winning team and also had stints at the Titans and a brief stay with Cronulla before finishing his career in England and announcing his retirement in 2018


Semi Radradra was born in Fiji. A rugby player, he was recruited to the Eels in 2013 and scored 82 tries in 94 matches during five seasons at the club. He was controversially selected to represent Australia in 2016 after playing four Tests for his native Fiji. He left the NRL at the end of 2018 to take up a lucrative offer to play rugby in France.

Ben Barba.
Ben Barba. ©NRL Photos


Ben Barba was born in Darwin. The skilful fullback made his NRL debut with Canterbury in 2008 and became a star four years later when he won the Dally M Medal as the Bulldogs made it all the way to the grand final where they were beaten by Melbourne. After off-field troubles at the Dogs, he spent the 2014 season with Brisbane before joining Cronulla the following year, scoring a try in their premiership win in 2016. He left the club to play French rugby after he was suspended for a positive test for cocaine. Barba was due to return to the NRL in 2019 with North Queensland but was sacked by the Cowboys in the pre-season after another off-field incident.


Andrew Johns completes one of the most memorable fortnights of his career by landing a match-winning conversion from the sideline at EnergyAustralia Stadium to break a 30-30 deadlock in the clash between Newcastle and St George Illawarra.


Canterbury benefit from one of the most controversial calls of the season when second-rower Tony Williams is ruled to have legitimately regained possession after accidentally knocking the ball forward before sending fullback Will Hopoate away for a crucial try against St George Illawarra at ANZ Stadium.


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