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Tyson Frizell takes on the England defence.

On this day, Great Britain spring an upset, a Kangaroos era ends and the 2017 World Cup begins.


Great Britain cause the upset of the year and beat Australia 19-12 at Wembley. The crowd of 52,274 was a record for a Test in England. Martin Offiah scored a try for the Lions.


Brisbane Broncos chairman Paul Morgan attacks the ARL and predicts that a "premier league" would be established in the "near to medium future". The Super League - in opposition to the ARL - was contested in 1997.


The last surviving member of the 1929-30 Kangaroos, Harry "Mick" Kadwell dies in Sydney at the age of 96. Kadwell played for South Sydney and St George between 1927 ad 1934.


All Blacks great Jonah Lomu turns down an offer to join the Gold Coast Titans. 

Jake Trbojevic missed most of the 2017 World Cup due to injury.
Jake Trbojevic missed most of the 2017 World Cup due to injury. ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos


The game's international body announces that the 2021 World Cup will be staged in England and recommends that the United States host the event in 2025.


The Kangaroos open their World Cup campaign with an 18-4 defeat of England at AAMI Park. Both sides suffer injury blows, with Jake Trbojevic (pectoral muscle) and Sam Burgess (medial ligament) failing to finish the match.


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

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