Darren Lockyer with the game ball for breaking NRL record

On this day, Andrew Johns's nightmare game, Darren Lockyer reaches rarefired air, and the famous Sam Burgess 'squirrel grip'.

2001

A disappointing crowd of 8,009 farewells Geoff Toovey in his final match at Brookvale Oval.

2002

Newcastle captain Andrew Johns labels his team’s 50-point loss to the Sharks "the most embarrassing day of my career" in the 64-14 thumping at Cronulla's home ground in round 22.

Knights great Andrew Johns.
Knights great Andrew Johns. ©NRL Photos

2006

Roosters second-rower Craig Fitzgibbon becomes the highest scoring forward in the history of the premiership, when he eclipses the record of former Canberra back-rower David Furner in the 40-20 defeat of Penrith at CUA Stadium.

2011

Broncos captain Darren Lockyer plays his 350th first grade game to break the all-time premiership appearance record previously shared by Terry Lamb and Steve Menzies. Lockyer leads the Broncos to a crushing 34-16 defeat of the Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium.

Roosters goal-kicking forward Craig Fitzgibbobn
Roosters goal-kicking forward Craig Fitzgibbobn ©NRL Photos

2013

Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess is charged with contrary conduct after he is seen to squeeze the testicles of Melbourne centre Will Chambers. A remorseful Burgess later accepts a two-match ban for what's labelled as "a squirrel grip".

2014

South Sydney second rower Ben Te'o confirms he has signed a two-year contract with Irish rugby union club, Leinster.

2017

Wests Tigers confirm 'favourite son' Benji Marshall will become the 'prodigal son' when he returns to the club in 2018.

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