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May 28: Fitzy claims Roosters record; Raiders host first snow game

On this day, Craig Fitzgibbon became the Roosters' highest point-scorer, the Raiders and Tigers played in snow, while the Blues prevailed in the 100th Origin clash.

1952

Chris Anderson is born. Anderson played his entire career with the Bulldogs and represented NSW and Australia in the 70s and 80s. He later coached the Bulldogs, Melbourne, Cronulla and the Roosters and also had five years as coach of the Australian team. Also born on this day were Daniel Alvaro (1993) and Jonus Pearson (1995).

1990

The Newcastle Knights announce the signing of All Blacks centre John Schuster. Schuster would go on to score 266 points for the Knights over the next three seasons.

1992

Rugby League Week launch a study of the Top 100 players of all time. The top 10 were: 1. Clive Churchill, 2. Johnny Raper, 3. Reg Gasnier, 4. Dally Messenger, 5. Graeme Langlands, 6. Bob Fulton, 7. Wally Lewis, 8. Vic Hey, 9, Dave Brown, 10. Duncan Thompson

1993

British import Gary Connolly stars on debut for Canterbury with two tries in the Bulldogs’ 30-14 defeat of South Sydney at the Sydney Football Stadium. 

2000

The first game of premiership rugby league is played in snow when Canberra and the Wests Tigers clash in extreme conditions at a freezing Bruce Stadium.

Raiders great Laurie Daley at a freezing Bruce Stadium in 2000.
Raiders great Laurie Daley at a freezing Bruce Stadium in 2000. ©NRL Photos

2005

Sydney Roosters second-rower Craig Fitzgibbon becomes the highest pointscorer in the 98-season history of the club, when he eclipses the record held by former fullback Allan McKean, in his team’s 30-16 defeat of Canberra at Central Coast Stadium.

2007

Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei experiences a horror night after a spate of dropped balls hand Parramatta three tries in a 30-6 loss at Parramatta Stadium.

Former Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei.
Former Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei. ©NRL Photos

2014

New South Wales take the honours in the 100th State of Origin match, claiming a gruelling contest 12-8 at Suncorp Stadium.   

 

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