On this day, the prince of centres Steve Rogers has his jaw broken by Mark Bugden, seven players are sent off in one game and popular Dragon Nathan Brown is forced to call it a day at just 27.
Referee Laurie Bruyeres sends off seven players in an ill-tempered pre-season clash between Balmain and Manly at Brookvale Oval.
Cronulla legend Steve Rogers has his jaw smashed in a tackle by Canterbury's Mark Bugden. Rogers later instigates civil action against Bugden.
Remembering Steve Rogers
Parramatta christen their new home ground, Parramatta Stadium, with a stunning 36-6 defeat of St George.
Walford dances down the sideline
The NSWRL withholds $50,000 prizemoney from Western Suburbs resulting from heavily publicised breaches of discipline following the Magpies' Tooheys Challenge match in Wellington. The club had already fined the players $36,000.
One of the Dragons' favourite sons, Nathan Brown, is forced to announce his retirement after an examination reveals a congenital spinal defect.
South Sydney recruit Terry Hill announces his retirement after experiencing ongoing problems with a knee injury. Hill then made a comeback to the game in 2005 with Manly, playing 16 games to take his career tally 246 games.
Jason Taumalolo produces a personal best 286 metres as the Cowboys get their season rolling with a 24-12 win over the Dragons in Townsville. A painful night for Red V forward Tyson Frizell, who is forced to undergo surgery for a ruptured testicle.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton