Maroons legend Wally Lewis.

On this day, the fifth and sixth Immortals were announced, Jason Taylor equals the all-time scoring record and Wayne Bennett dances his way to a golden-point win.

1964

Jamie Ainscough was born in Sydney. The utility back made his debut with Wests in 1990 before switching to Newcastle two seasons later where he enjoyed a five-year stint. He signed with St George in 1997 and was a foundation member of the St George Illawarra squad which reached the grand final. Ainscough will forever be remembered for the match-defining incident with a few minutes to go when his high tackle on Storm winger Craig Smith led to a penalty try which gave Melbourne their historic 20-18 victory. He played 228 first-grade matches, a Test for Australia and 14 Origins for NSW, before leaving the Dragons at the end of 2001 to finish his career with two seasons in England at Wigan.

1964

Craig Izzard was born, the brother of fellow first-graders Brad and Grant Izzard. A second-rower, he began his carer with Penrith from 1983-87, had two seasons at Parramatta, a one-year stint at Balmain before switching to Illawarra. With regular captain Chris Walsh sidelined with injury, he led the young Steelers into the 1992 playoffs before their fairytale run was cut short by St George in controversial circumstances in the preliminary final. Izzard retired the following year with 120 first-grade appearances under his belt.

1974

Graeme Langlands becomes the first player to score 100 points in Anglo-Australian matches when he leads Australia to a famous 22-18 third Test victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground. British hooker John Gray sparks a revolution with his superb exhibition of “around the corner” goal kicking.

Graeme Langlands on Kangaroos duty in 1974.
Graeme Langlands on Kangaroos duty in 1974. ©NRL Photos

1991

Ryan James was born in Tweed Heads. The forward made his debut for the Titans in 2010 and quickly became one of the mainstays of their pack, racking up 144 Telstra Premiership appearances by 2019 when his season was cut short early by an ACL tear. James was close to State of Origin selection for NSW the previous season but just missed out after initially being told he would be lining up for the Blues in the first game of the series.

1999

Rugby League Week announce Graeme Langlands and Wally Lewis as the fifth and sixth rugby league Immortals

1999

The NRL agrees to pay the proposed Balmain-Wests joint venture an $8 million establishment grant.

2001

Parramatta halfback Jason Taylor equals the premiership point-scoring record of Daryl Halligan as the Eels rout Melbourne 54-10 at Colonial Stadium. A minor shoulder injury denies Taylor the opportunity of owning the record outright.

Former Eels sharpshooter Jason Taylor.
Former Eels sharpshooter Jason Taylor. ©NRL Photos

2003

Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett cheekily declares himself a convert of the golden point rule after the Broncos pip Melbourne 26-22 at Olympic Park. Winger Scott Minto crosses in the third minute of extra time to secure the win

2011

The Illawarra Team of the Century is unveiled at a gala dinner in Wollongong. The team is: Graeme Langlands; Ian Moir, Harry Wells, Paul McGregor, Rod Wishart; Bob Fulton, Trent Barrett; Craig Young, Kevin Schubert, Steve Roach, Craig Fitzgibbon, Ron Costello, Noel Mulligan. Reserves: John Dorahy, Shaun Timmins, Bruce Olive, Ben Creagh. Coach Harry Nolan. Referee: Harry Grew. 

 

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