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November 10: Mal's classic try wins Test; Fiji make World Cup semis

On this day, Ricky Stuart sets up Mal Meninga for a classic Test try, Fiji advance to World Cup semis and Blake Ferguson returns at the Roosters.


Clinton Schifcofske was born in northern Queensland. The goal-kicking fullback scored 1604 points in a career spanning 1996-2006 with South Queensland, Parramatta and Canberra. He represented the Maroons in two Origins.


Aiden Tolman was born in Kempsey. The front-rower made his NRL debut in 2008 and played 53 matches for Melbourne before switching to Canterbury in 2011 and playing 222 games across 10 seasons, including the 2012 and 2014 grand finals. In 2021 the prop made the move to Cronulla.


The Test series stands at one-all after Australia beat Great Britain 14-10 at Old Trafford. A classic try to Mal Meninga in the last minute of play breaks a 10-10 deadlock. Ricky Stuart sets up the skipper with a break from deep within his own half.


The Illawarra Steelers sign former international Andrew Farrar to a one-year contract. In total, Farrar played 250 first grade matches for Canterbury, Wests and the Steelers.


The Brisbane Broncos announce the sacking of fullback Julian O'Neill after repeated breaches of discipline.

Brad Mackay in action for St George Illawarra.
Brad Mackay in action for St George Illawarra. ©NRL Photos


St George Illawarra back-rower Brad Mackay signs a two-year deal with English club Bradford.


Parramatta sign North Sydney forward Gary Larson to a one-year deal.


Wests Tigers captain Jarrod McCracken announces he will make a comeback from injury in 2001.


Phil Gould reverses his decision to quit the NSW State of Origin coaching position and announces he will take charge of the team again in 2003.

Kangaroos forward Craig Fitzgibbon.
Kangaroos forward Craig Fitzgibbon. ©NRL Photos


Australian management fumes over their inability to cite Great Britain hooker Terry Newton for a high tackle on Craig Fitzgibbon, which left the Test forward concussed. Under series rules, the citing deadline is 30 minutes after the end of the match and video evidence of Newton's tackle is not made available until the deadline has expired.


Former Bulldogs and Brisbane utility Darren Smith is called into the Kangaroo squad to cover a growing injury list. Smith, who had been playing for St Helens, was poised to become Australia's oldest Test player in 40 years.


Great Britain prop Adrian Morley escapes suspension for his high tackle on Kangaroo forward Robbie Kearns but is fined £2000. 


The Tony Smith-coached Great Britain side down New Zealand 28-22 at Wigan’s JJB Stadium to claim a clean sweep of the Test series. The Kiwis' pain is eased slightly by a two-try debut by St George Illawarra winger Chase Stanley.


Fiji down Ireland 30-14 at Skilled Park to advance to a World Cup semi-final showdown with Australia.


Newcastle legends Matthew and Andrew Johns unite in their support for mining magnate Nathan Tinkler to buy into the Knights.


Australian fullback Billy Slater is detained by police in Manchester after a scuffle with a patron outside a nightclub but is released without charge after police determine that Slater was the victim.

Blake Ferguson.
Blake Ferguson. ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos


Deregistered former NSW State of Origin winger Blake Ferguson begins training with the Sydney Roosters after being given permission to resume his career by the NRL.


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

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