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Daley on the charge during one of his 21 Test appearances for the Kangaroos.

On this day, Jarryd Hayne was found not guilty of a head-butting charge on rival Billy Slater, Barry "Grasshopper" Gomersall refereed his first Origin game, while swine flu fears led to players being quarantined.


Barry Gomersall referees his first State of Origin match. Although regarded as a controversial figure, he was a hallmark of the interstate contest throughout the 1980s.


Laurie Daley is named Test captain following Mal Meninga's suspension. At 24 he will become the fourth-youngest of Australia's Test captains behind Dave Brown, Reg Gasnier and Clive Churchill.

Raiders great Laurie Daley.
Raiders great Laurie Daley. ©NRL Photos


An Australian record crowd of 87,161 watches the second State of Origin match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The match fails to produce a high entertainment factor for the novice crowd as NSW grinds out a 14-0 victory.


Two touch judges are sacked after incorrectly disallowing a Laurie Daley kick for goal in the match between Canberra and Illawarra.


Super League's worst fears are realised when Canberra whitewash Halifax 70-6 – one of a series of lopsided scores in the opening round of the World Club Challenge.


Canterbury officials warn St George five-eighth Anthony Mundine he will be in breach of the game's anti-tampering laws if he attempts to persuade Solomon Haumono to join the Dragons.

Former Dragons playmaker Anthony Mundine.
Former Dragons playmaker Anthony Mundine. ©NRL Photos


Halfback Brett Kimmorley inspires NSW Country to a record 42-10 win over City in Bathurst in front of 9000 spectators at Carrington Oval.


The NSW Rugby Union target league players Ryan Cross, Lote Tuqiri and Nathan Blacklock as part of its plans to field one of the most potent backlines in the Super 12 competition.


Corey Hughes' signing with Cronulla for the 2009 season represents the end of an era at the Bulldogs. His departure will bring to an end the Hughes family dynasty at the club, stretching back to 1974.

Former Bulldogs utility Corey Hughes.
Former Bulldogs utility Corey Hughes. ©NRL Photos


Fears of a swine flu outbreak lead to Queensland teammates Ashley Harrison and Darius Boyd being stood down from the NRL clash between the Gold Coast Titans and St George Illawarra at Skilled Park.

State of Origin players and officials from most NRL clubs are placed in quarantine as the prospect emerges of matches being postponed.


Parramatta fullback Jarryd Hayne is found not guilty of head-butting Billy Slater, freeing him to take his place in the Blues' line-up for State of Origin II. His NSW teammate Luke Lewis is not so lucky after he is found guilty of a dangerous throw.


Queensland second-rower Sam Thaiday is ruled out of State of Origin II with a shoulder injury. Dave Taylor is called into the starting side and Brisbane lock Corey Parker named as the new interchange player. Dallas Johnson is named as the new shadow forward.


North Queensland conjure one of the game's greatest comebacks when they rally from a 30-6 deficit to defeat Parramatta 36-30 at Pirtek Stadium and claim their 10th consecutive win.

With playmaker Johnathan Thurston pulling the strings, it took the Cowboys only nine minutes to wipe out the deficit and another two to take the lead. Second-rower Gavin Cooper crossed for one of the fastest hat-tricks ever achieved by a forward when he scored three tries in less than seven minutes.

Cowboys legend Johnathan Thurston.
Cowboys legend Johnathan Thurston. ©NRL Photos


Banned Newcastle Knights halfback Jarrod Mullen claims he was naïve, rather than a steroids cheat, for taking the substance that led to a positive drugs test and a career-ending four-year suspension.


Gold Coast forward Keegan Hipgrave becomes the first player since Parramatta's Michael Buettner in 2002 to be sent to the sin bin twice in the same game as the Titans fall 18-16 to South Sydney at Cbus Super Stadium.


Eels halfback Mitchell Moses re-signs with the club for a further three seasons.


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

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