On this day, Sam Burgess and David Klemmer get up close and personal at the Four Nations, Preston Campbell is honoured and Brent Tate is cruelly struck down by a knee injury.
Jamie Soward was born. The goal-kicking playmaker played more than 200 NRL games from 2005-16, starting with the Roosters, then Dragons and Panthers. He was a key component of St George Illawarra's 2010 premiership-winning team and represented NSW in all three State of Origin matches of the series the following year.
Dylan Napa was born in Brisbane. The rugged prop made his NRL debut with the Roosters in 2013 and played 122 games with the club, culminating with the 2018 grand final win over Melbourne. A Maroons representative, he joined Canterbury the following season.
Parramatta chief executive Denis Fitzgerald tells the Federal Court he believes 200 of Super League’s players would not get a run in a good first-grade side.
Australian front-rower Jason Stevens is suspended for one match and fined £500 for recklessly striking Great Britain forward Terry O’Connor in the first Test. Stevens immediately wins the right to appeal.
Great Britain upset Australia 24-12 at Wigan’s JJB Stadium. It is Britain’s highest Test score against Australia on home soil.
Clive Churchill Medal winner Scott Prince reveals he is ready to stay at Wests Tigers, possibly for the next five years.
Australian utility Shaun Berrigan asks permission to be stood down from the team to play Great Britain in Game 6 of the Tri-Nations series to allow him to attend the wedding of his brother, Barry. Australian coach Ricky Stuart refuses the request.
Gold Coast fullback Preston Campbell is awarded the Ken Stephen Medal for services to the community.
New Zealand stun Australia 16-12 in the final of the Four Nations tournament in Brisbane. Australian centre Brent Tate suffers a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Graphic television footage shows Tate inconsolable in the Australian dressing room.
The Sydney Roosters end months of speculation by formally announcing the signing of Kiwi dual international Sonny Bill Williams to a one-year contract.
Australia overpower England 36-18 at London’s Olympic Stadium to book their place in the Four Nations final against New Zealand. Frustrated England captain Sam Burgess escapes censure for punching Australian prop David Klemmer late in the game. Australian forward Sam Thaiday is ruled out of the final after fracturing his eye socket in a collision with England’s James Graham.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.