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October 31: Gillett calls time at 31; Hanley predicts the future

On this day, The Little Master leads Australia into World Cup action, Ellery Hanley predicts the future and injury forces Matt Gillett into retirement.

1954

Clive Churchill leads Australia into their first World Cup campaign, against Great Britain in Lyon, France. The Australians are beaten 28-13. Harry Wells scored two tries for Australia.

1997

The proposed merger between the South Queensland Crushers and the Gold Coast Chargers was called off. The Chargers continued in their own right and the Crushers didn't return in 1998.

Former Great Britain captain Ellery Hanley playing for Balmain.
Former Great Britain captain Ellery Hanley playing for Balmain. ©NRL Photos

2010

Former Great Britain captain Ellery Hanley says England will never be able to match strides with Australia on a consistent basis until more English players are in the NRL. Nine years later, many of England's best players are playing in Australia.

2013

PNG Coaching Director Mal Meninga sends an open letter to the people of Papua New Guinea following the Kumuls' 9-8 loss to France in their opening game of the World Cup.

2018

The Brisbane Broncos confirm the signing of Anthony Seibold as coach on a four-year deal starting in 2020.     

2019    

Brisbane second-rower Matt Gillett is forced to announce his retirement due to a chronic shoulder injury.                      

 

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