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October 21: Benji's magic Kiwi moment; refereeing history in Thailand

On this day, the North Sydney Bears play in South Africa, Benji Marshall gets a shot at a Kiwi record and refereeing history takes place in Thailand.


NRL Hall of Fame member Herb Steinohrt is born. Included nine Test matches among his 31 appearances for Australia. One of those was the infamous 1932 ''Battle of Brisbane''. Australia won that match despite a number of players being badly injured.


North Sydney open their historic tour of South Africa with a 48-6 win over the Capetown Coasters in front of 1200 people. 


New Zealand officials are angered by claims powerhouse winger Lesley Vainikolo would be forced out of the Tri-series after just one Test against Australia because his club side, Bradford, insist that he requires surgery.

Greg Inglis in full cry for the Kangaroos.
Greg Inglis in full cry for the Kangaroos.


Australia stage a miraculous comeback to beat New Zealand 20-15 in Melbourne. The Kiwis lead 15-8 with eight minutes remaining before Australia score three late tries. Greg Inglis scores two scintillating tries for the home team.


Gavin and Kasey Badger make history when they become the first husband and wife duo to jointly referee an international match. Thailand scored a 80-0 win over the Philippines at Bangkok's Royal Thai Palace Stadium.

Gavin and Kasey Badger made history in 2012.
Gavin and Kasey Badger made history in 2012.


Former NSW and Australian representative Jamal Idris signs with Wests Tigers ending a self-imposed exile of 18 months. He made five NRL appearances during the 2017 season.


Veteran Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall is named captain of New Zealand for end-of-season Tests against Australia and Great Britain, meaning he will break the all-time record for most Tests as Kiwi captain (20) that he shared with former halfback Gary Freeman.


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