'The King' Wally Lewis criticises Queensland selectors, while Parramatta king-maker Denis Fitzgerald wants Melbourne gone, and foundation club Glebe makes a comeback.
Maroons great Wally Lewis attacks the Queensland selectors over their failure to select Mark Coyne for Origin I. Coyne played four Tests at the 1995 World Cup but didn't represent Queensland until 1990 - playing 19 Origins in all.
Penrith sign the NRL club agreement, effectively closing the door on a joint venture with Western Suburbs. The move leaves Balmain as the Magpies’ only potential joint venture partner.
Queensland selectors select rookie Brisbane centre Brent Tate to make his State of Origin debut, after just 11 first-grade appearances. He would go on to play 23 Origins between 2002-14.
Parramatta chief executive Denis Fitzgerald declares the Melbourne Storm club should be disbanded and forced to relocate to the Gold Coast. "Promoting rugby league in Melbourne is akin to promoting beach volleyball in Iceland," Fitzgerald said.
After 23 Tests for New Zealand, 214 games at four NRL clubs and winning two grand finals (2007, 2010) Knights co-captain Jeremy Smith announces he will retire at the end of the season.
Foundation club Glebe, axed by the NSWRL in 1929, is resurrected by a group of Sydney enthusiasts. Wearing old-style Glebe ‘Dirty Reds’ jerseys for the first time in 88 years the Concord-Burwood-Glebe Wolves down Western Suburbs 24-16 in a Ron Massey Cup game at Leichhardt Oval.
Cameron Smith is charged with dangerous contact after pulling the leg of Gold Coast forward, and former Storm teammate Kevin Proctor. Smith lodges an early guilty plea and accepts a one-game suspension - his first ban since he was ruled out of the 2008 grand final.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.