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August 20: Bozo resigns Roos role; 'Flash' fires for Panthers

On this day, Bozo calls time as Aussie coach, Knights club records tumble in one game, Michael Gordon has a match to remember, and Suliasi Vunivalu equals an Israel Folau milestone.


South Queensland captain Trevor Gillmeister and Brisbane Broncos veteran Chris Johns announce their retirement.


Bob Fulton resigns his position as national coach after 10 years in the job, citing personal reasons. His record stands at an impressive 32 wins from 39 Tests


South Sydney Rabbitohs break an 11-year drought over their arch-rivals by upsetting the Sydney Roosters 17-16 at Aussie Stadium. Three players were sent to the sin bin during the game (Shannon Hegarty, Michael Crocker and David Shillington), while Ben Walker kicked the field goal. It was only the eighth win in 24 rounds for Shaun McRae's Rabbitohs.


Penrith fullback Michael Gordon enjoys the best night of his career when he collects a club record 30 points (three tries and nine goals) in the 54-18 defeat of South Sydney at CUA Stadium.

Michael Gordon played 108 games for the Panthers.
Michael Gordon played 108 games for the Panthers.


In the same season as Gordon's spree, Newcastle backs Cooper Vuna (tries in a match), Adam MacDougall (tries for the club) and Akuila Uate (tries in a season) all equal club records in a 44-18 dispatch of the Broncos at EnergyAustralia Stadium.


Fijian winger Suliasi Vunivalu equals Israel Folau’s record for most tries in a season for Melbourne, when he bags four in the first half of Storm’s clash with Manly at Brookvale Oval to take his rookie season tally to 21.


North Queensland players and officials are shocked to learn that prop Matt Scott suffered a mild stroke after playing against the Knights in Newcastle. Doctors are confident Scott will make a complete recovery but the freak incident is expected to bring forward his retirement.

Cowboys legend Matt Scott.
Cowboys legend Matt Scott. ©Scott Davis/NRL Photos


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