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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. 


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.


The Crushers reportedly offer Wallaby centre Jason Little $300,000 a season to switch codes.


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.


New Zealand’s All Golds, coached by Wayne Bennett and including Australian prop Steve Price, come from behind to defeat a Great Britain Selection 25-18 in a commemorative match at Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium.


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.


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


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. 


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.


South Sydney forward Ethan Lowe is forced to announce his retirement at the age of 29 after suffering a neck injury earlier in the season.


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


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