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Johnathan Thurston

On this day, Johnathan Thurston and Arthur Beetson were among several of the game's greats named in the Indigenous Team of the Century, while Jarryd Hayne scored a milestone try.


Allan McMahon is born in Wollongong. McMahon played 150 games for Balmain, Newtown and Canberra, and also represented Australia five times. He coached at Canberra, Newcastle and Illawarra. McMahon passed away in 2003.


Justin Smith is born in Narromine, NSW. Smith played 142 games over nine seasons with the Dragons, Rabbitohs and Cowboys before retiring in 2008.


Zac Woolford is born in Canberra. The son of former Raiders hooker Simon Woolford, the Queanbeyan Blues junior spent time with the Raiders and Bulldogs before joining the Knights this season.


Contemporary NRL stars Johnathan Thurston, Sam Thaiday and Greg Inglis are named in Australian rugby league’s Indigenous Team of the Century. The team named in Brisbane is: Eric Simms; Lionel Morgan, Steve Renouf, Greg Inglis, Dale Shearer; Laurie Daley, Johnathan Thurston; Sam Backo, Mal Cochrane, Arthur Beetson, Gorden Tallis, Sam Thaiday, Cliff Lyons. Reserves: 'George Green, Wally McArthur, Frank Fisher, John Ferguson.

Former Maroons and Kangaroos centre Dale Shearer.
Former Maroons and Kangaroos centre Dale Shearer. ©NRL Photos


Parramatta fullback Jarryd Hayne crosses for the 100th try of his career as the Eels continue their charge for the finals with an 18-10 defeat of Canberra at Darwin’s TIO Stadium.


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