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July 1: Alf steals Blues' thunder; Roosters fume over playing surface

On this day, Allan Langer bolted home from the UK to save the Maroons, the Roosters wanted answers after a spate of knee injuries, while St George Leagues Club opened for business.


St George Leagues Club opens for business on the Princes Highway near Kogarah Oval.


New South Wales complete the first clean sweep of a State of Origin series. The Blues, coached by Ron Willey, win the third match 18-16, after claiming earlier matches 22-16 and 24-20.


Mal Meninga is crowned the world's best player in a ceremony in Brisbane, where he receives the Adidas Golden Boot.


Sydney City halfback Adrian Lam is named captain of the Rest of the World team, while controversial Perth forward Mark Geyer is suspended for three weeks for a high tackle.

Former Roosters halfback Adrian Lam.
Former Roosters halfback Adrian Lam. ©NRL Photos


In a wide-ranging interview, Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett is asked if he would become involved in a Super League again if the chance emerged. He replied: "No. We got Super League wrong from day one and from then it was an absolute bloody mess."


Champion halfback Allan Langer inspires Queensland to an improbable series win over New South Wales when he plays a starring role in the Maroons' 40-14 thrashing of the Blues in Game 3 at ANZ Stadium.

Maroons legend Allan Langer.
Maroons legend Allan Langer. ©NRL Photos


The Sydney Roosters call for an expert report to determine the safety of the Suncorp Stadium playing surface following knee injuries to Peter Cusack, Craig Fitzgibbon, Justin Hodges and Brett Finch.


Former Test forward Reni Maitua makes his return to rugby league after a two-year drugs ban but he fails to lift Parramatta, who go down 16-12 to Brisbane at Parramatta Stadium.


Defending premiers Cronulla hand the Sydney Roosters their biggest defeat of the season – a 44-12 thumping at a sold-out Central Coast Stadium.


A near-capacity crowd of 16,984 turns out at Leichhardt Oval for the return of premiership-winning hooker Robbie Farah following his mid-season switch from South Sydney. Despite the presence of Farah and former Canterbury fullback Moses Mbye, the Tigers fall 30-12 to the Gold Coast Titans.


The Melbourne Storm set up a temporary headquarters on the Sunshine Coast following a spike in COVID-19 cases in Victoria. Coach Craig Bellamy suggests "I wouldn't be surprised if we were here [in Queensland] for the rest of the season."


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

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