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Lamb, arguably the greatest supporting player of all time, was a last-minute substitute for NSW’s Origin side in 1981, making his debut aged 19, being picked literally hours before the game .

South five-eighth Mick Pattinson woke up on match day with a serious ear infection and New South Wales managers raced to find the right man.

Terry Lamb, then working as a linesman for Telecom, was literally called from the top of a telegraph pole to take his place on the side the afternoon of the game.

It was a momentous day for Lamb because he was about to receive a dust off with ‘The King’ Wally Lewis, his counterpart.

When opposing props Rod Morris and Steve Bowden clashed in an early tackle, following a errant elbow from Bowden, Lewis sought out Lamb in the ensuing melee and gave him a rude welcome to Origin football with several uppercuts.

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