November 6: Mullins retires; Burgess returns to Rabbitohs

On this day, Sam Burgess returns to Souths, the Kangaroos win a spiteful clash with New Zealand and Brett Mullins calls it a day.

1994

Isaah Yeo was born in Dubbo. The second-rower made his debut in 2014 and quickly racked up 100 first-grade appearances for Penrith, filling in as captain at times.

1995 

Addin Fonua-Blake was born in Sydney. A hulking prop, he made his NRL debut for Manly in 2016 and has also represented New Zealand and Tonga at Test level.

1998   

Controversial former Canterbury forward Solomon Haumono signs with Balmain for two seasons.

2002   

Sydney Roosters’ grand final winger Brett Mullins is forced to announce his retirement from the game due to the squeeze on the Roosters’ salary cap.

2004   

Great Britain fight back from a 12-2 halftime deficit to record a 22-12 win over New Zealand in game four of the Tri-Nations series at Huddersfield’s Galpharm Stadium.

Kangaroos legend Darren Lockyer.
Kangaroos legend Darren Lockyer. ©NRL Photos

2005   

Test captain Darren Lockyer is ruled out of the remainder of the Tri-Nations series after breaking a bone in his foot at training. Teammate Nathan Hindmarsh breaks down with a recurrence of a knee injury just minutes later and is ruled out of the Test match against France. Sydney Roosters utility Craig Wing is rushed into the Australian team after officials interrupt his holiday in Hawaii.

2006   

Australian forward Willie Mason is suspended for one match and fined $5000 for punching Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden in the Tri-Nations Test in Sydney.

2007   

Troubled Gold Coast utility Chris Walker is ruled out of football for six months after rupturing his Achilles tendon during training. His injury came the day after Titans management granted British import Richard Mathers a release from the final year of his contract to take up a three-year deal with Wigan.

2010   

Australia score an emphatic 34-20 victory over New Zealand in a Four Nations match watched by 44,432 fans at Auckland’s Eden Park. The boisterous crowd resort to jeering Australia’s national anthem and throwing plastic bottles onto the field.

2010   

Souths forward Sam Burgess suffers a shoulder injury in England’s 36-10 defeat of Papua New Guinea in the first match of the Four Nations double header in Auckland.

2014   

Manly unveil new signing Willie Mason after the 34-year-old front-rower signed a one-year deal with the club.

2015   

South Sydney announce that Clive Churchill Medal-winning forward Sam Burgess will return to the club in 2016 on a three-year deal. Rabbitohs’ co-owner Russell Crowe describes the news as an early Christmas present for fans.

2015   

Veteran forward Todd Lowrie announced his retirement after having previously agreed to a one-year deal with the Newcastle Knights. Instead, the 32-year-old will coach the Knights’ Holden Cup team.

 

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