On this day, the player the called 'The Black Pearl' and 'Mr Magic' swapped clubs, a Kiwis legend was born and Australia lost its No.1 ranking to New Zealand.


In between his 256 NRL games with two clubs - the Roosters and Bulldogs - fullback and winger Sam Perrett also played 20 Tests for New Zealand, scoring 11 tries. He retired at the end of the 2016 season, and turns 35 today.


The man who captain Great Britain and enjoyed two nicknames - 'The Black Pearl' and Mr Magic' - Ellery Hanley, made his long awaited-debut for Western Suburbs at Orana Park. Hanley performs well but cannot lift the Magpies to victory over Souths. The Rabbitohs win 15-6. He had played eight games for the balmain Tigers in 1988 before joining the Magpies.


The Raiders flyer Ken Nagas scores a stunning 99-metre try during Canberra’s 40-10 defeat of St George at Bruce Stadium. It is the Saints’ fourth consecutive defeat. The raiders went on to win the grand final that year, over the Bulldogs, with Nagas scoring two tries in the 36-12 win.


New Zealand displaces Australia as the No.1 rugby league nation when the International Rugby League Federation (IRLF) announces the latest world rankings. The Kiwis had beaten the Tim Sheens-coached Kangaroos twice in the 2014 Four Nations tournament: 30-12 in the preliminary rounds and 22-18 in the final.