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April 3: Fitzy defies pain of broken jaw; Good Friday mayhem

On this day, Craig Fitzgibbon played on with a suspected broken jaw, the Bunnies beat the Bulldogs in a controversial Easter clash and RTS sinks the Roosters.


NSWRL general manager John Quayle reveals star-studded Canberra were in breach of their salary cap when they won the 1990 premiership with an 18-14 defeat of Penrith in the grand final.


Future Bronco and Kiwis international Kodi Nikorima is born is Palmerston North, New Zealand. The New Zealand Test player has enjoyed a strong NRL career.


Goal-kicking Roosters backrower and renowned big game player Craig Fitzgibbon defies the pain of a suspected broken jaw to kick his team to a last-minute 20-18 victory over the Knights.

Bulldogs prop James Graham.
Bulldogs prop James Graham. ©NRL Photos


The Good Friday grand final rematch between Canterbury and South Sydney erupts into mayhem when referee Gerard Sutton awards the Rabbitohs a controversial penalty in the dying minutes.


Ex-Rooster Roger Tuivasa-Sheck lands the knockout blow on his former club by scoring a golden point try in the Warriors’ 32-28 victory at Central Coast Stadium.   


NSW coach Brad Fittler supports calls for a three-game State of Origin series to restart the 2020 season and even suggests players such as Jason Taumalolo and Siosiua Taukeiaho should be considered for selection to add public appeal.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.

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