Reg Gasnier (L) and dual international Ken 'Killer' Kearney

On this day, Reg Gasnier makes an impression in his first game against Great Britain, Akuila Uate fast-tracks citizenship to become a Kangaroo, and Tonga sets its course for the 2017 World Cup.

1959

Emerging St George centre Reg Gasnier scores three tries in his first game against Great Britain at Swinton’s Station Road Ground, on the Ashes Tour. It was Gasnier's fourth Test for Australia. His previous three matches had been against New Zealand in June-July of 1959. He went on to play 39 Tests and become an Immortal of the game.

1997

Penrith youngster Craig Gower signs a four-year contract with the Panthers worth $1.8 million.

1999

The Auckland Warriors make a failed bid for the signature of giant All Black winger Jonah Lomu. Seven years later Lomu flies to the Gold Coast to hear the Titans pitch for him to make a code switch, which also fails.

Akuila Uate makes his Four Nations debut in 2011.
Akuila Uate makes his Four Nations debut in 2011. ©NRL Photos

2011

Fijian-born winger Akuila Uate has his Australian citizenship fast-tracked in time to allow him to fly to England with Australia’s Four Nations squad on October 21.

2012

Australian captain Cameron Smith is named the RLIF Player of the Year. Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson was named international rookie of the year.

2015 

Tonga secure their place at the 2017 World Cup after disposing of Cook Islands 28-8 in a qualifier at Campbelltown Stadium. They went on to reach the semi-finals of the tournament (losing to England) for the first time in the Pacific nation's history. 

 

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