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Knights greats Matthew Johns and Tony Butterfield.

On this day a pair of Knights legends say goodbye, the ARL takes its first look at a two-ref system and three Bunnies greats pay the price for a horror season.


South Sydney’s horror season continues with Craig Coleman, Mario Fenech and Les Davidson all replaced, uninjured, 16 minutes into the second half of an embarrassing 38-12 loss to the Gold Coast.

Coach George Piggins was sacked the following day.


Jackson sets up Carne


The ARL trial the use of two referees in a reserve grade Metropolitan Cup match between Guildford and Hills District.


Tony Butterfield and Matthew Johns play their final home games for the Knights in a 30-16 win over Melbourne at Marathon Stadium. 


Dragons prop Luke Bailey is charged with biting Newcastle’s Josh Perry after television footage shows Bailey’s mouth making contact with Perry’s forearm.

Former Dragons prop Luke Bailey.
Former Dragons prop Luke Bailey.


Current Sea Eagles Steve Menzies and Ben Kennedy are named in Manly’s Greatest Team, announced at a function at Manly Leagues Club.

The team is: Graham Eadie; Ray Branighan, Bob Fulton, Michael O’Connor, Ken Irvine; Wally O’Connell, Geoff Toovey; Malcolm Reilly, Steve Menzies, Terry Randall, Roy Bull, Max Krilich, John O’Neill. Reserves: Des Hasler, Cliff Lyons, Ben Kennedy, Paul Vautin.


Brad Fittler is named alongside Dally Messenger, Dave Brown, Jack Gibson and Arthur Beetson in the inaugural Sydney Roosters Hall of Fame.

Former Titans halfback and Indigenous All Stars pioneer Preston Campbell.
Former Titans halfback and Indigenous All Stars pioneer Preston Campbell. ©NRL Photos


Gold Coast favourite Preston Campbell announces he will retire at the end of the season after having earlier decided to play on in 2012.


The NRL confirm the return of the Auckland Nines in 2015; the two-day event to be held at Eden Park on the weekend of January 31 and February 1. Prizemoney for the event will reach $2.4 million.


Pangai's 'circus act' hands Roberts a try


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