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August 15: Proctor marched for biting; King Wally reigns supreme

On this day, the Dragons go undefeated in claiming their fourth consecutive title, Wally Lewis orchestrates a big win for Combined Brisbane and Kevin Proctor is marched for biting.


The First Kangaroos, a team of 34 players and manager Jim Giltinan, sail for England aboard the SS Macedonia. The tourists would endure five months of ice, rain and severe economic hardships as well as a gruelling 46-match program.


St George complete an undefeated season with a 20-0 grand final victory over Manly. It is the Dragons’ fourth consecutive premiership win.


The rising power of Queensland rugby league is highlighted by Combined Brisbane’s 12-11 victory over Eastern Suburbs in the final of the National Panasonic Cup. Blues nemesis Wally Lewis is named man of the match.


The Brisbane Broncos drop their guard and allow Manly to snatch a competition point when the teams draw 26-all at Brookvale Oval.

Prolific Rabbitoh Nathan Merritt scores against the Storm.
Prolific Rabbitoh Nathan Merritt scores against the Storm.


Souths winger Nathan Merritt scores the 100th try of his NRL career but it is not enough to save the Rabbitohs from an 18-16 defeat against Melbourne at AAMI Park.


Gold Coast captain Kevin Proctor is sent from the field by referee Henry Perenara, accused of biting countryman Shaun Johnson on the arm at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium. Proctor becomes the first player in the history of the premiership to be dismissed for biting. Despite supporting evidence from Johnson, Proctor is found guilty of the charge and suspended for four games.


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

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