On this day in NRL history, foundation club South Sydney returned after two years in the wilderness, the Steelers turned giant killers and Jamie Lyon walked out on Parra.
Roosters premiership-winning coach Trent Robinson born on this day.
The NSWRL premiership begins under a hail of protest at the new interchange law. There are 41 interchanges in the Manly-Brisbane match and alterations to the rule receive widespread support.
Cowboys hooker Kurt Baptiste born on this day.
Illawarra create history when they defeat Brisbane 4-2 in the final of the Tooheys Challenge in Dubbo. It is the Wollongong club’s first top-grade title.
Super League clubs confirm they will take part in the ARL’s 20-team competition starting March 20.
Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett reacts to the club’s poor start to the season by resigning his position as Australian coach after less than a year in the job. He returned to the gig in 2004.
A near-capacity crowd of 35,316 turns out at Aussie Stadium to watch South Sydney’s official return to the NRL. Oscar winner Russell Crowe and 97-year-old Rabbitoh veteran Albert Clift ring the original South Sydney timekeeper’s bell, signifying the start of a new era for the foundation club. The fans’ joy is short-lived as the Roosters inflict a 40-6 defeat.
Parramatta centre Jamie Lyon drops a bombshell, telling officials he wants to quit the game and return home to the country.
A fairytale NRL comeback by dual international Lote Tuqiri inspires Wests Tigers to a stunning comeback victory over Manly at the SFS. Tuqiri scores a try with his first touch of the ball and helps create the match-winning try for second-rower Gareth Ellis as the Tigers fight back from a 20-4 halftime deficit to win 26-22.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton