On this day, Andrew Johns earns a second Hall of Fame recognition, painful end to Paul Harragon's big day, and Josh Morris's amazing Kangaroos comeback.
Paul Harragon, in his debut as Test captain, lasts only 16 minutes of Australia’s record-breaking 86-6 demolition of South Africa before being forced from the field with a fractured cheekbone. Gary Larson is announced as his replacement. Andrew Johns equals Michael O’Connor’s world record of 30 points in a Test.
The Hunter Mariners advance to the World Club Challenge final with a shock 22-18 defeat of Cronulla at Shark Park.
North Sydney’s rebel Save The Bears committee take over the club’s board, with plans to scuttle the proposed joint venture with Manly. Administrator Graham Campbell rules the move invalid.
Penrith’s Craig Gower retains the Test halfback position for the opening match of the Tri-series competition against New Zealand. Selectors choose Luke Rooney, Willie Tonga, Tonie Carroll and Andrew Ryan to make their Test debuts for Australia. Sydney Roosters second-rower Craig Fitzgibbon is ruled out with a sternum injury. New Zealand selectors choose an inexperienced halves pairing in Vinnie Anderson and Thomas Leuluai.
Luke O’Donnell and Matt King are selected to make their Test debuts for Australia in the opening Tri-Nations match against New Zealand. The Kiwis name three new caps, including wingers Manu Vatuvei and Jake Webster and interchange David Faiumu.
Canterbury centre Josh Morris, banished to the NSW Cup in July, is called into the Australian Four Nations squad as the replacement for South Sydney forward Dave Taylor, who withdrew with a shoulder injury. Legendary Western Suburbs, NSW and Australian halfback Keith Holman passes away at the age of 86.
New Immortal Andrew Johns is inducted into the Sport Australian Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Melbourne.
The NRL issues Canterbury with a $20,000 breach notice for their late arrival on to the field in the grand final. The Bulldogs took almost four minutes to enter the ground after being directed by NRL officials. “That kind of delay is unacceptable, particularly on such an important occasion like the grand final,” said NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.
Western Suburbs Magpies meet Randwick rugby union in an historic game played under hybrid rules at Pirtek Stadium before a crowd of around 1000. Wests win an entertaining contest 47-19. Under hybrid rules rugby league is played when a team is in possession of the ball in their defensive half of the field but rugby union rules apply when the game is in the attacking half. The game features 13 players a side.