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August 4: Wolfman born; Knights honour their greats

On this day, The Wolfman was born, the Knights honoured their greats and Sisa Waqa sizzled.

1984

Italian and Australian international Terry Campese was born. As well as playing five matches (including one Test) for Italy, Campese wore the green and gold in 2008. The gifted five-eighth also played one match for NSW and 139 for the Raiders.

1986

Manly cult-hero David Williams was born. The Wolfman played 103 matches for the Sea Eagles, scoring 66 tries and winning an impressive 69 per cent of the matches he played in. After playing two Tests for Australia in 2008, Williams played two State of Origin matches for NSW the following year.

2007

The Newcastle Knights name the club's greatest ever team with a host of Test stars earning selection. The team: Robbie O'Davis; Timana Tahu, Matt Gidley, Mark Hughes, Adam MacDougall; Matthew Johns, Andrew Johns (c); Marc Glanville, Steve Simpson, Ben Kennedy, Mark Sargent, Danny Buderus, Paul Harragon. Reserves: Michael Hagan, Kurt Gidley, Tony Butterfield, Adam Muir. Coach: Malcolm Reilly 

Knights back-rower Ben Kennedy.
Knights back-rower Ben Kennedy. ©NRL Photos

2008     

Newcastle’s Brian Smith becomes only the third coach in premiership history to reach the milestone of 500 games as the Knights down Parramatta 32-12 at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

2012

Sisa Waqa needs just 43 seconds to open the scoring as the Storm end a five-match losing streak with a 46-6 win over Penrith at AAMI Park. Waqa, Cooper Cronk and Justin O'Neill each bag doubles in the crushing win.

 

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