April 26: 'Changa' calls time, Semi makes history

On this day, rugby league legend Graeme Langlands hung up his boots, Alfie got one-up on Joey, while Semi Radradra created history.

1976

All-time great Graeme Langlands announces his retirement following a club match between St George and Wests. 'Changa' and Wally Lewis eventually become the next players selected as an Immortals in 1999. Langlands was born in Wollongong in 1941 and died in January, 2018 after battling illness.

1991

Brisbane hooker Kerrod Walters blows his chance at State of Origin and Test honours when he is sent off for punching Wests forward Graeme Wynn in a Friday night game.

1994

Dean Pay is named Canterbury captain in the absence of Terry Lamb.

1998

Brisbane record their highest score in a premiership match with a 60-6 annihilation of premiership contenders North Sydney. Norths players Ben Ikin and Mark Soden are revealed to have visited a Brisbane nightclub on the eve of the match.

Former Broncos and North Sydney bears five-eighth Ben Ikin.
Former Broncos and North Sydney bears five-eighth Ben Ikin. ©NRL Photos

2002

Veteran halfback Allan Langer takes the honours in his much-anticipated battle with Newcastle maestro Andrew Johns as the Broncos upset the previously undefeated Knights 18-12 at ANZ Stadium. The result continues Newcastle’s run of outs in Brisbane. Broncos captain Gorden Tallis is banished to the sin bin by referee Paul Simpkins after being twice warned for dissent

2003

Newcastle captain Andrew Johns is placed on report for head-slamming Wests Tigers centre Mark O’Halloran during the Knights’ 34-6 win at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

2008

Former Broncos prop Shane Webcke is named alongside Allan Langer, Paul Green, Michael De Vere and Peter Ryan as members of Ivan Henjak’s coaching support staff for 2009. Webcke declines to rule out a future as a first grade coach.

Cowboys coach Paul Green in his playing days with the Roosters.
Cowboys coach Paul Green in his playing days with the Roosters. ©NRL Photos

2013

South Sydney overcome Manly 20-12 in a brutal and thrilling encounter at a packed Brookvale Oval. Manly forward Richie Fa’aoso is reported twice for dangerous tackles on Souths fullback Greg Inglis and is later suspended for eight matches. Sea Eagles centre Steve Matai and fullback Brett Stewart are also charged over separate incidents.

2016

Fijian-born winger Semi Radradra makes history when chosen in Australia’s team to meet New Zealand in the Anzac Test at Hunter Stadium on May 6. The Parramatta star becomes the first player in over 100 years to be selected to play a Test for the Kangaroos but not be eligible to represent New South Wales or Queensland. Radradra joins fellow Kangaroos newcomers Blake Ferguson, Josh McGuire and Michael Morgan.

 

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