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October 22: Tuqiri creates history; 12-man Lions upset Kangaroos

On this day, Great Britain recorded a famous win over Australia, Lote Tuqiri created history on the representative front and Des Hasler reunited with Manly.


Neil Tierney was born. The Queensland front-rower made his premiership debut with St George in 1990 and was a member of their grand final side two years later. He switched to Wests in 1994 before linking with Manly two years later, playing in the premiership win over his former club that year before also packing down at prop the following season in the loss to Newcastle in the ARL decider. Tierney, who played three Origins for the Maroons in 1997, retired at the end of 1999.


Luke O'Donnell was born in Sydney. He made his debut with Balmain in 1999 then spent the next four seasons with the Wests Tigers. O'Donnell switched to the Cowboys in 2004, playing in the grand final loss to his former club the following year. After a seven-season stint in North Queensland, he played for Huddersfield in the Super League before returning to the NRL with the Roosters in 2013, finishing his career in the grand final win over Manly. He represented NSW in the forwards five times while also playing 11 Tests for Australia.

Former international Luke O'Donnell.
Former international Luke O'Donnell. ©NRL Photos


A 12-man Great Britain side scored one of the most courageous wins in Test history with an 8-4 victory over Mal Meninga’s Australians. Lions captain Shaun Edwards was sent from the field by referee Graham Annesley for a high tackle on Kangaroos forward Bradley Clyde after 25 minutes. A crowd of over 57,000 watched the Test at Wembley.


Australia won through to the World Cup final after a dramatic 30-20 semi-final victory over New Zealand. The semi-final was decided in extra time after the Kiwis stage a stunning second-half fightback to draw level at 20-20 at the end of regular time. The Australians come under attack for the number of trainers they had on the field, as well as for coach Bob Fulton’s criticism of referee Russell Smith.


An ACT magistrate acquits Canberra winger Noa Nadruku of two charges of assault because he was “too drunk” to form an intent. In an 11-hour drinking binge, Nadruku drank 14 schooners and six stubbies of beer and half a bottle of wine before assaulting two women outside a Canberra nightclub. The decision to acquit him sparks national outrage.


Australia blitzed Great Britain 42-6 in the Tri-Series Test at Suncorp Stadium. The crowd of 12,511 is the lowest for an Anglo-Australian Test in Australia.


New Zealand halfback Stacey Jones suffered a fractured wrist in the Kiwis’ 74-0 demolition of Tonga at Carlaw Park.


Craig Gower is officially ruled out of the Kangaroo tour with a knee injury.


Holidaying NRL stars Joel and Michael Monaghan, Stuart Webb and Jye Mullane endure a harrowing ordeal, trapped in a cinema complex as Hurricane Wilma lashes the Mexican city of Cancun.


St George Illawarra forward Dean Young tells of a life-threatening infection following a knee reconstruction which has ripped 15kg from his body. And Dragons teammate Mathew Head reveals he requires further surgery to repair his knee.

Former Dragons international Dean Young.
Former Dragons international Dean Young. ©NRL Photos


Australian coach Tim Sheens controversially overlooks Clive Churchill Medal winner Darius Boyd for the opening Test of the Four Nations series against Papua New Guinea in favour of Wests Tigers winger Lote Tuqiri. Tuqiri’s selection will see him become the first player to switch from league to union and back to league again at international level


Cronulla CEO Steve Noyce was sacked by the club following an overhaul of management.


Penrith forward Adam Docker is forced to retire at the age of 24 because of severe arthritis in his left knee.


Manly announce that dual premiership-winning coach Des Hasler will return to the club in 2019 on a three-year contract. Sea Eagles chairman Scott Penn says: “Des is one of the masters of [salary] cap management”.


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