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NSW Blues five-eighth Brad Fittler (right) celebrates the 2004 Origin series win.

On this day, a bitter split crippled the Australian team; Brad Fittler was given a fitting farewell; the Maroons went on an Origin record rampage.


Australia suffers a humiliating 18-0 loss in the third Test against New Zealand after the team is divided by a bitter rift. The split occurred after Test coach Terry Fearnley (also the successful NSW Origin coach) dropped four Queenslanders from a winning second Test team.


Andrew Johns is named Australia’s 58th Test captain when selectors announce the team to meet Great Britain at Aussie Stadium.


NSW send veteran five-eighth Brad Fittler out in triumph after a 36-14 win in the State of Origin decider at Telstra Stadium.

NSW Blues five-eighth Brad Fittler farewells Origin football in 2004.
NSW Blues five-eighth Brad Fittler farewells Origin football in 2004. ©


South Sydney produce their second long-range comeback in as many weeks with a 34-30 golden point victory over the Bulldogs, after trailing 24-6 early in the second half.


Queensland claim their first State of Origin series clean sweep since 1995 with a gripping 23-18 defeat of New South Wales at ANZ Stadium.


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

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