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August 7: Magical Rabbitohs debut; vote for Carney's return

On this day, a Rabbitohs rookie chalks up a hat-trick on debut, an NRL players' poll backs Todd Carney's NRL return and Famous Amos has a field day.


The Northern Eagles joint venture is dissolved, with officials announcing that the club’s license will revert to Manly at the end of the season.


A string of records are broken as Penrith run roughshod over Manly at Penrith Football Stadium. The Panthers’ 72-12 victory is a record win for Penrith and the all-time worst loss for the Sea Eagles. Winger Amos Roberts equals a Penrith club record of 28 points for the match.

Amos Roberts scores for the Panthers.
Amos Roberts scores for the Panthers.


Rookie centre Dylan Farrell completes a hat-trick on debut by scoring the match-winning try in Souths’ dramatic golden point 34-30 win over Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium.


The majority of NRL players questioned in Rugby League Week’s annual players’ poll believe sacked Cronulla five-eighth Todd Carney should be permitted to return to the NRL. The players vote Parramatta’s Jarryd Hayne as the game’s number one player.


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