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June 28: Rabbitohs' greatest comeback and a new Tonga star

On this day in rugby league history, a record loss for Australia, a record comeback for Souths, and the birth of a rampaging Sharks star.


Australia suffered their heaviest Test match defeat with a 49-25 thumping at the hands of New Zealand at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. Kiwis fullback Des White kicked a world record 11 goals in the win.


North Sydney Bears star Matt Seers was born. A four-time NSW Origin player, Seers was a speedy fullback and a great last line of defence and played for Norths between 1993 and 1999. He then spent three seasons at the Wests Tigers before finishing his career at Wakefield Trinity in 2003.


Two-time Dally M Prop of the Year Andrew Fifita was born. Fifita spent two seasons at the Tigers in 2010 and 2011 before switching to Cronulla, where he became one of the game's star big men and played alongside twin brother David for three seasons. Fifita played 10 Origin games for the Blues and seven Tests for Australia before switching national allegiance to Tonga in 2017.

Sharks prop Andrew Fififta.
Sharks prop Andrew Fififta. ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos


Queensland completed their second consecutive clean sweep over New South Wales with a 36-16 hiding at Lang Park. Hooker Kerrod Walters took out the man of the match award.


The first ever Winfield Cup match in Adelaide, played between St George and Balmain, drew a Friday night crowd of more than 28,000.


South Sydney produced the greatest comeback victory in the club’s history to down North Queensland 29-28 after trailing 28-4 with half an hour remaining in Townsville.


Penrith winger David Simmons crossed for four tries as Penrith beat Wests Tigers 35-12 to take his career try tally beyond 100.

David Simmons celebrates a try against the Tigers in round 15, 2015.
David Simmons celebrates a try against the Tigers in round 15, 2015. ©NRL Photos

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