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On this day, Australia wins the World Cup final at the SCG, 'Sticky' is fined and Neil Henry stands defiant.


Balmain winger Sid Goodwin scores a record six tries as NSW whip Queensland 54-13 in Sydney.


Johnny Raper leads Australia to a 20-2 victory over France in the World Cup final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.


Penrith and the Sydney Roosters are each fined $10,000 for rule breaches arising from round 13. Roosters coach Ricky Stuart and captain Brad Fittler are fined for criticising the referee, while Penrith are fined for fielding an unregistered player (Steve Turner) in their win over the Cowboys.


A Melbourne Storm side minus six State of Origin players still beats the Warriors 4-2 at Mt Smart Stadium in the lowest-scoring game in 14 years.

Former Queensland captain Darren Lockyer
Former Queensland captain Darren Lockyer ©NRL Photos


Queensland's Team of the Century is named at a gala dinner in Brisbane. The team named was: Darren Lockyer; Cecil Aynsley, Tom Gorman, Mal Meninga, Denis Flannery; Wally Lewis, Allan Langer; Mick Madsen, Noel Kelly, Duncan Hall, Brian Davies, Arthur Beetson, Bob Lindner. Reserves: Jim Craig, Duncan Thompson, Gene Miles, Herb Steinohrt. Coach: Wayne Bennett


Cowboys coach Neil Henry says he won't be forced into resigning even though his under-performing Cowboys slumped to second last on the NRL ladder by the halfway mark of the competition. Henry was sacked six weeks later.

Penrith's Isaah Yeo in the 2017 comeback win over Canberra
Penrith's Isaah Yeo in the 2017 comeback win over Canberra ©Robb Cox/NRL photos


Penrith produce one of the comeback wins of the season when they cross for two tries in the final two minutes to sink Canberra 24-20 at Bathurst's Carrington Park.


Wests Tigers star Benji Marshall breaches COVID-19 protocols by greeting a female reporter with a kiss on the cheek at a Tigers training session. Marshall was sent home while the reporter underwent testing, a negative result allowing him to return the following day.


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

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