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The Kangaroos celebrate their World Cup 9s triumph.

On this day, Jamal Idris retires at the age of just 27, Nathan Fien's Kiwi selection sparks 'Grannygate' and a youthful Aussie side claims the World Nines crown.

1961

The mercurial Cliff Lyons was born on October 19, 1961. One of the most gifted ball-players of his generation, Lyons formed a legendary combination with Steve Menzies at Manly, laying on countless tries for the 'Beaver'. 

Cliffy Lyons owned the Sevens

1994

One of Queensland's favourite sons Dale Shearer signs with the South Queensland Crushers for their inaugural season in 1995. The former Manly, Brisbane and Gold Coast star would play 10 games for the Crushers in '95 before stints with Sydney City and North Queensland to round out his career.

2000   

Queensland axe long-serving State of Origin selectors Arthur Beetson, Les Geeves and Allan Smith. Coach Wayne Bennett, Des Morris and Gene Miles will form a three-man selection panel in 2001.

2001   

Penrith star Craig Gower declares himself no chance to tour with the Kangaroos because of the knee injury sustained in the Test against Papua New Guinea.

Craig Gower sparks the Panthers in 2001.
Craig Gower sparks the Panthers in 2001.

2005   

Former Australian front-rower Jim Morgan suffers a fatal heart attack while swimming at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast.

2006   

The ARL launches a formal complaint over the selection of Mt Isa-born halfback Nathan Fien in the New Zealand squad for the second Tri-Nations game. ARL chief executive Geoff Carr demands to see the birth certificate of Fien’s New Zealand-born grandmother. The Kiwis comply and although there are irregularities, Carr says he is powerless to act. “Who are we to argue?” he says. 

2010   

Former South Sydney coach Jason Taylor is appointed Sydney Roosters Toyota Cup coach for 2011.

Paul Gallen signed off in 2019 after a remarkable career.
Paul Gallen signed off in 2019 after a remarkable career.

2011   

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen re-signs with the club until the end of 2015, meaning he is likely to play out his career with the Sharks. The one-club stalwart would go on to play 348 games for Cronulla, retiring at the end of the 2019 season when the Sharks bowed out to Manly in the semis.

2015   

Penrith boss Phil Gould sensationally terminates the contract of coach Ivan Cleary, claiming it was time for a change. Former Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin is announced as Cleary’s successor within 48 hours (October 21).

2016   

The Brisbane Broncos emerge as the surprise new home for Benji Marshall after it is revealed that Marshall has been in negotiations with the club over a one-year deal. The 31-year-old signs for a figure reported to be “only slightly above” the game’s minimum wave on October 21.

Former Bulldog Jamal Idris.
Former Bulldog Jamal Idris.

2017   

Injury-plagued Jamal Idris announces his retirement from the game at the age of 27. A former Dally M rookie of the year, Idris played with Canterbury, Gold Coast, Penrith and Wests Tigers and played one Origin for NSW and one Test for Australia.

2019

Australia claim victory in the final of the World Nines with a 24-10 win over New Zealand. The Kiwi Ferns take out the women’s competition with a 17-15 victory over the Jillaroos. The final day of action at Bankwest Stadium draws a crowd of 15,684.

 

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