On this day, Rabbitohs lose court battle, Shane Elford makes salary sacrifice to remain a Tiger, and Todd Carney is named world's best player.
Canterbury forward Martin Bella decides against retiring and signs a one-year deal with the North Queensland Cowboys.
Adelaide Rams’ chief executive Michael O’Connor says the game will die in South Australia if the Rams are cut from the competition.
Thousands of South Sydney fans despair when the foundation club loses its fight for reinstatement to the NRL. In a 180-page judgement, Judge Paul Finn ruled out all of South Sydney’s claims against News Limited, the NRL and the Australian Rugby League. Rabbitohs’ chairman George Piggins is quick to reassure fans he will fight on.
Craig Wing and Phil Bailey are named as Australia’s centre pairing for the first Test against Great Britain. Trent Waterhouse and Michael Crocker are selected to make their Test debuts.
Wests Tigers’ grand final-winning centre Shane Elford wins a release from a contract with Souths to return to the Tigers. He is reported to be sacrificing $190,000 to make the switch.
New Zealand league chairman Selwyn Bennett resigns over the Nathan Fien Granny-gate scandal. “I take responsibility for it,” Bennett said. “Someone’s head had to roll, it might as well be mine. The buck stops with me.” But Bennett disputes that the saga has damaged the game. “It’s been good the for game because it’s boosted its profile and got people talking about league. It’s not nearly as big a drama as some people make out.”
Warriors coach Ivan Cleary produces a major shock by stripping veteran Australian prop Steve Price of the club’s captaincy, replacing him with Kiwi international Simon Mannering. Cleary reveals he wants Mannering to captain the club while Price is still playing.
Sydney Roosters five-eighth Todd Carney is named RLIF International Player of the Year at a dinner in Auckland. Wayne Bennett wins the best coach award and Englishman Sam Tomkins claims the rookie of the year title.
The United States continue their dream run at the World Cup when they down co-hosts Wales 24-16 at Wrexham. Afterwards The Wiggles release a song on YouTube, USA Tomahawks Shock the World. The clip attracts 17,000 views within 36 hours of its posting.
Australia survive a late controversy to keep their Four Nations hopes alive when winger Ryan Hall is denied a try in the final seconds of the Test at AAMI Park. Australia win 16-12. Winger Sione Mata’utia becomes Australia’s youngest Test player when he debuts at the age of 18 years and 129 days.
A $7 million bid by a North Sydney consortium fails to win approval for the purchase of the Gold Coast Titans. The battle for ownership of the club is reduced to two; one a consortium backed by former Titans directors Rebecca Frizelle and Darryl Kelly and the other involving an unnamed Gold Coast businessman.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.