On this day, Kane Elgey chooses the Titans over the Sea Eagles, six clubs are fined for salary cap breaches, while John Hopoate turns up in no state to train.
St Kilda AFL club consider moves to relocate a Sydney league club to Melbourne. Their aim is to become partners in a multi-million dollar poker machine palace in Moorabbin.
Brisbane hooker Kerrod Walters is suspended for four weeks by the judiciary after being cited on a high tackle charge in the match against St George. Warren Ryan re-signs as coach of Western Suburbs for a further two years.
The protracted battle over the future of New Zealand star Ruben Wiki is settled out of court when Auckland agree to allow him to continue playing with Canberra. Wiki plays in the Raiders’ 26-0 defeat of Brisbane at Bruce Stadium.
Brisbane Broncos captain Allan Langer announces his retirement at a press conference televised live throughout Queensland. Meanwhile, Manly fine winger John Hopoate $10,000 and suspend him for eight weeks for misconduct after arriving at training in an “unacceptable state”. Hopoate agrees to stop drinking and undergo rehabilitation.
Sharks players David Peachey (hamstring) and Jason Stevens (knee) are expected to be ruled out of the opening State of Origin match after suffering injuries in their team’s 30-10 loss to the Bulldogs.
Newcastle front-rower Josh Perry is directed to appear before the judiciary on a gouging charge. Bulldogs chief executive Steve Mortimer is fined $10,000 for abusing referee Paul Simpkins at Canberra Stadium.
Six clubs are fined a total of almost $250,000 after breaching the NRL’s salary cap following 2003 audits. Melbourne was the only club found to have exceeded the cap and are fined $130,956. The others: Penrith ($50,000 over two seasons), Newcastle ($30,000), Brisbane ($20,000), Warriors ($15,000) and Souths ($5252) are fined over third party arrangements.
A Daily Telegraph investigation reveals that Sydney Roosters trainer Ron Palmer spent over 37 minutes on the field during the Roosters’ Anzac Day clash with St George Illawarra. Palmer escapes censure for his constant incursions, despite a strict set of NRL guidelines governing the role of trainers.
Reports emerge that Bulldogs utility Reni Maitua was arrested and charged with high-range drink driving after being stopped by police at 11.55pm on Anzac Day. Chief executive Malcolm Noad says the club has suspended Maitua’s contract negotiations and will reconsider his future with the club .
Five South Sydney players are sanctioned for breaking the club’s alcohol ban after failing breath tests at a Sunday morning recovery session. David Kidwell is stripped of the co-captaincy while Eddie Paea, Jaiman Lowe, Fetuli Talanoa and Ben Rogers are all dropped for the round 8 clash with North Queensland.
Cronulla forward Jeremy Smith escapes censure after the NRL investigates an incident in which he appears to prod North Queensland winger Kalifa Faifai-Loa in the backside. The NRL ruled that the incident was a prank gone wrong between two players who were related as cousins.
Gold Coast rookie Kane Elgey rejects a lucrative offer from Manly to re-sign with the Titans. Elgey’s decision to remain loyal to the Titans costs him a reported $200,000.
Manly winger Akuila Uate blazes his way to four tries as the Sea Eagles trounce South Sydney 46-8 at Allianz Stadium. Uate becomes the first player in over 20 years to score four tries for two different clubs.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.