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Knights prop Daniel Saifiti.

On this day, the Saifiti twins are born, Warriors coach Andrew McFadden wielded the axe, while the Wests Tigers named their Team of the Century.



The five-minute sin bin period is abolished at a meeting of the International Board in Cannes, France. All future sin-binnings are to be of 10 minutes duration.


Daniel Saifiti and Jacob Saifiti are born in Newcastle. The Saifitis are of Fijian descent and have represented Fijian national teams. Both play for the Newcastle Knights.


A crowd of 27,119 brave cold and rain to watch Brisbane down Newcastle 26-6 in the clash between the 1997 Super League and ARL premiers at Marathon Stadium.    


Wests Tigers, Balmain and Western Suburbs Team of the Century named.  

The combined team was: Keith Barnes (c); Peter Dimond, Charles ‘Chook’ Fraser, Harry Wells, Alan Ridley; Vic Hey, Keith Holman; Wayne Pearce, Paul Sironen, Arthur Beetson, Steve Roach, Ben Elias, Noel Kelly. Reserves: Kel O’Shea, Jim Craig, Tom Raudonikis, Harry Bath. Coach: Norman ‘Latchem’ Robinson.

Balmain Tigers great Paul Sironen.
Balmain Tigers great Paul Sironen. ©NRL Photos

Balmain: Keith Barnes (c); Larry Corowa, Charles “Chook” Fraser, Jim Craig, Arthur Patton; Pat Devery, Arthur Halloway (c); Steve Roach, Ben Elias, Arthur Beetson, Paul Sironen, Harry Bath, Wayne Pearce. Reserves: Tom Bourke, Tim Brasher, Peter Provan, Bob Boland. Coach: Norman ‘Latchem’ Robinson

Magpies: Frank McMillan; Peter Dimond, Cliff Pearce, Harry Wells, Alan Ridley; Vic Hey, Keith Holman; John Donnelly, Noel Kelly, Tedda Courtney, Arthur Clues, Kel O’Shea, Les Boyd. Reserves: Bill Carson, Neville Charlton, John Dorahy, Tom Raudonikis. Coach: Roy Masters


Warriors coach Andrew McFadden drops six players for failing to uphold team standards. The Warriors then go out and end an 11-match losing streak by beating the Dragons 26-10.


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

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