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Tonga prepare to face Australia at Mt Smart.

On this day, Mt Smart Stadium becomes a sea of red, the Crushers chase a Wallaby great and Italy pull off a massive upset over England. 

1969   

Raiders legend Laurie Daley was born on this day in 1969. Daley debuted for Canberra in 1987 and went on to play 244 games for the Green Machine, winning premierships in 1989, 1990 and 1994. He played 23 Origins for NSW and 21 Tests for Australia.

1995   

Australian great Reg Gasnier becomes the 11th person elevated to legend status in the Sports Australia Hall of Fame. 

When he was first selected as captain in 1962, Reg Gasnier was Australia’s youngest Test captain.
When he was first selected as captain in 1962, Reg Gasnier was Australia’s youngest Test captain.

2011   

The manager of Wests Tigers utility Tim Moltzen says it would be “crazy and intolerable” for the NRL to force Moltzen to play with St George Illawarra in 2012.

2013

Italy stun England 15-14 in a World Cup warm-up match at Salford. Newcastle winger Josh Mantellato emerges the hero for Italy with a field goal, two minutes from full-time.

2017   

England second-rower Elliott Whitehead re-signs with the Canberra Raiders until the end of the 2020 season.

Raiders forward Elliott Whitehead.
Raiders forward Elliott Whitehead. ©Robb Cox/NRL Photos

2017   

Cooper Cronk sends Sydney’s NRL clubs into a lather after making a request through his manager, George Mimis, to find him a club for 2018. The Sydney Roosters are named as the favourites to land his signature. 

2018   

Greeted by unprecedented scenes in a sold-out Mt Smart Stadium crowd of 26,214, Australia overcome the overwhelming support for Tonga to win an historic Test match 34-16.

 

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