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July 26: SBW walks out on Dogs; Kenny hits a hundred

On this day, Parramatta legend Brett Kenny racked up 100 career tries, SBW sent shockwaves through the game and Robbie Farah joined the 300 Club.

1959

Future premiership-winner Paul Taylor is born. Taylor won titles with Parramatta in 1982, '83 and '86 and played 157 games for the club before finishing his career with Penrith in 1990.

1991

Parramatta’s Brett Kenny joins exulted company when he scores his 100th first- grade try in a Friday night match against Norths. He becomes the 21st player to top the 100.

1992

Marika Koroibete is born in Fiji. After playing 16 games over three seasons with the Wests Tigers, Koroibete played 58 games on the wing for the Storm before switching codes and joining the Melbourne Rebels.

Former Storm winger Marika Koroibete.
Former Storm winger Marika Koroibete. ©NRL Photos

2006    

Sydney Roosters five-eighth Braith Anasta is ruled out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery for a groin injury.

2008     

Bulldogs superstar Sonny Bill Williams drops a bombshell on his club and the game by walking out on his five-year contract and catching a plane to France to link with rugby union club Toulon.

He fails to notify teammates or officials. Bulldogs’ CEO Todd Greenberg says “we are absolutely baffled by this development”.

Sonny Bill Williams savours the 2004 premiership with the Bulldogs.
Sonny Bill Williams savours the 2004 premiership with the Bulldogs.

2014    

An excited crowd of 8,824 watches Cronulla upset Penrith 18-16 in the first premiership match played in Bathurst. The Panthers lose halfback Peter Wallace for the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

2019    

Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah celebrates his 300th NRL game with a 28-26 victory over the Newcastle Knights. Newcastle coach Nathan Brown savages his team after they blow an early 12-0 lead to trail 18-12 at half-time.

 

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