On this day, Tommy Raudonikis admits to biting, Great Britain shock the Kangaroos and Steve Matai rocks Dave Tyrell.
Western Suburbs Magpies halfback Tommy Raudonikis admits that he bit Manly player John Gibbs on the nose in a match at Lidcombe Oval. He later received a $200 fine from the NSWRL.
Great Britain shock the Kangaroos with a 33-10 win in a Test match in Melbourne. Martin Offiah and Phil Clarke are among the try scorers for the team coached by Malcolm Reilly. More than 31,000 attended the match at Princes Park.
Dane Carlaw scored a try in the final minute as Queensland retain the State of Origin shield with a 18-18 draw with NSW before 74,842 at Stadium Australia. Lote Tuqiri misses the conversion attempt but the draw was enough for the Maroons to keep the trophy.
Four players are sent to the sin bin following a second-half melee during Queensland's 26-6 State of Origin win over NSW at Suncorp Stadium. Brent Tate, Justin Hodges, Trent Merrin and Greg Bird were sent to the bin in a decision which was roundly criticised in the subsequent days.
Manly centre Steve Matai smashes Rabbitohs prop Dave Tyrell with one of the hardest tackles seen in recent years during a match at ANZ Stadium.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.