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Swansong	Walsh retired from international rugby league in 1966 after the successful Ashes campaign.

On this day, NSW Country unveil its Team of the Century, Matt Orford pilots a match-winner for Manly, and Annandale joins the premiership.


Annandale join the eight-team NSWRL premiership, replacing Newcastle, who withdrew at the end of the 1909 season to form their own club competition.

Local mayor Alfred Milson kicks off when North Sydney celebrate their first match at a new ground, North Sydney Oval.


Future Parramatta Eel Daniel Wagon is born. Wagon debuted with the Dragons in 1997 before shifting to the Eels. He played 204 games with the club and had two seasons overseas before retiring in 2010. Wagon played three games for Queensland.

Wilson scores despite the best efforts of Wesser


Roberts scores as Sattler tries to recreate 'that' tackle


Manly halfback Matt Orford lands a late field goal to give his side a 23-22 win over Parramatta in a nostalgic return to the Sydney Cricket Ground. The match was played to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1976 grand final.

Former Manly captain and halfback Matt Orford
Former Manly captain and halfback Matt Orford ©NRL Photos


The NSW Country RL unveil their team of the century at a gala ball in Wollongong. The team named is: Clive Churchill (Central Newcastle); Brian Carlson (North Newcastle), Michael Cronin (Gerringong), Graeme Langlands (Wollongong), Eddie Lumsden (Kurri Kurri); Bob Fulton (Wests Wollongong), Andrew Johns (Cessnock); Glenn Lazarus (Queanbeyan United), Ian Walsh (Condobolin), Steve Roach (Wests Wollongong), Herb Narvo (North Newcastle), Bradley Clyde (Belconnen United) and Wally Prigg (West Newcastle).


The Daily Telegraph reports that Canterbury forward Joe Stimson is likely to be sidelined for the season after the coronavirus crisis forces a delay to surgery for a shoulder injury he suffered against the Cowboys in March.

The RLPA says players may refuse to recommence training on May 4 unless the NRL provides clarity on a range of issues, including wages.


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

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