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Robbie Farah remembers the days when Liam Fulton looked like a pencil.

It was back in 2002 when Farah was the Balmain Tigers captain and Fulton was the Magpies captain in the NSWRL SG Ball (U18s) competition.

He used to wear cheap blue headgear. We called him the pencil. He looked like a skinny little kid with a blue rubber on his head, Farah laughed.

We beat them in round one and they went on to win the premiership without losing another game that year but we only played them once.

There was a great rivalry there. Liam and Bryce Gibbs used to give it to me and they hated playing against me because I was a competitive little bugger. They used to try and get under my skin but it never worked.

The following year, Farah and Fulton made their NRL debuts for Wests Tigers and have shared many special memories since, including the 2005 premiership.

They will create another new moment this Monday night at Campbelltown Sports Stadium against Manly when Farah plays his 200th club game and Fulton his 150th.

To be honest, Liams 150th is just as big a highlight as mine. He is a player I love playing with. Liam is a great friend and Im really honoured and privileged to be able to share that milestone with him, Farah said.

He is a quality player who has won a premiership, played City Origin, and in the All Stars game. If Liam had an extra six or seven kilos on him, he would be a regular in the NSW side.

When it comes to consistency and reliability, whether he plays back-row, hooker or five-eighth, you just know Liam is going to do the job.

Liam has got the biggest heart. He is tough, plays well above his weight, and never takes a backwards step. He regularly wins the players players awards.

Fulton said he hasnt come across a more determined player than the NSW Origin hooker.

Robbie hates losing. His will power to win is amazing and he drives that into the players, Fulton said.

He is a true leader and is the player you want to play with every week because he always gives 100 per cent. He is a winner.

The match against Manly also marks the last home game at Campbelltown for departing players Blake Ayshford and Benji Marshall.


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