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Meninga's fend keeps Chris Mortimer at bay during the 1985 Origin series.

On this day, Queensland captain Mal Meninga raised eyebrows with a profanity-laced rev-up for his players, Jesse Bromwich arrived in the world, while the Eels were slugged for salary cap breaches.


Jesse Bromwich is born in Auckland. Standing 1.96m and weighing 114kg, Bromwich has played 278 games with the Storm since joining the club in 2010. He has represented his country 29 times.


New South Wales survive a concerted Queensland comeback to win the first State of Origin match 14-10 after leading 12-10 at half-time.

Ricky Stuart is named man of the match. Mal Meninga finds himself in hot water after Channel Nine’s microphones catch his R-rated pre-match pep-talk to his Queensland teammates.


For the first time since 1924, Australian selectors name an all-Queensland backline in the Test team to face New Zealand on May 8. Wests Tigers halfback Benji Marshall is named captain of the New Zealand side.

Former Kiwis captain Benji Marshall.
Former Kiwis captain Benji Marshall. ©NRL Photos


Samoa qualify for the end-of-season Four Nations tournament by disposing of Fiji 32-16 in a highly-entertaining Test at Sportingbet Stadium. Earlier in the night, New South Wales continued their dominance of the Under-20s State of Origin clash when they downed Queensland 30-8.


Incumbent NSW five-eighth Josh Reynolds is reported twice by match officials as his City Origin team goes down 34-22 to Country at Wagga’s McDonald’s Park. A capacity crowd of 9,127 watches the game.   


Parramatta’s most promising season in years is thrown into disarray when NRL boss Todd Greenberg announces the penalties for the club’s salary cap excesses.

The Eels are stripped of the 12 premiership points accumulated after the first nine rounds, the club is fined $1 million and five officials are deregistered over their involvement in the scandal.


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

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