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Beetson hits the ball up during his Test debut, when he set up two tries before half time to lay the platform for the Australian’s victory.

On this day, an Immortal plays his first Test, King Wally pulls off a superb tackle and James Maloney announces a move to France.


The one and only Arthur Beetson starts his international career as Australia beat Great Britain 19-14 in a Test match at the SCG. Before a crowd of 63,503, Beetson makes the first of 28 Test and World Cup appearances. The likes of Ian Walsh, Noel Kelly and Billy Smith played alongside Beetson.


Wally Lewis floors New Zealand fullback Darrell Williams with a powerful tackle during Australia's 22-14 win over New Zealand in the Test match in Auckland. Lewis partners Des Hasler in the halve for Australia.


Sydney Roosters winger Shannon Hegarty is called into the Australian Test side after fullback Darren Lockyer withdraws with an ankle ligament injury. Lockyer faces up to two months on the sidelines .


Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne turns on 20 minutes of magic as the Eels beat Canterbury 32-16. He scored after just 48 seconds, and then again shortly after later to give his side a dream start. Krisnan Inu also bags a double for Parramatta.


The Warriors suffer a third golden point loss in the space of four games when they fall 26-22 to Canberra at GIO Stadium. Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker scored the winning try. The Warriors finished the year just three points adrift of the top eight. 

The NSW women's team that won the 2016 Interstate Challenge.
The NSW women's team that won the 2016 Interstate Challenge. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos


NSW break a 17-year drought to defeat Queensland 8-4 in the Women's Interstate Challenge on the Gold Coast. The Blues claim the Nellie Doherty Cup after Simaima Taufa scored their only try. 


Penrith five-eighth James Maloney announces he will quit the NRL at the end of the season and take up a rich three-year deal with French Super League club Catalans Dragons.


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