FLASHBACK: September 1988


AFTER making his Test debut against Papua New Guinea at Wagga Wagga earlier in the year, Brisbane Broncos’ halfback, Allan Langer cemented his place as his country’s top number seven with selection for the World cup final against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland.

The Broncos missed out on the finals in their inaugural season in the New South Wales Rugby League and supplied only Langer and skipper, Wally Lewis to the Australian team, which was coached by Don Furner.

Australia had been beaten 26-12 by Great Britain in the Third Test of the Ashes series on July 9, and that signaled the end of Parramatta halfback, Peter Sterling’s Test career.

Langer scored two tries against Papua New Guinea on July 20, a match which also saw the Test debut of Cronulla lock, Gavin Miller.

Australia’s squad for the World Cup final: Garry Jack; Dale Shearer, Andrew Farrar, Mark McGaw, Michael O’Connor; Wally Lewis (c), Allan Langer; Wayne Pearce, Gavin Miller, Paul Sironen, Steve Roach, Ben Elias, Paul Dunn. Res.: Terry Lamb, David Gillespie.

Australia won the match, played on October 9, 25-12, in front of a record crowd of 46,000.

Photo: Allan Langer (left) enjoys an ale at ‘the Caxton’ with veteran journalist, Wayne Heming in 2017.

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