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On this day in rugby league history, new Dogs arrive in The Kennel, Jason Ryles joins forces with Roosters and the 'Ox' parts ways with the Eagles.


Australia's Super League side claims the series over Great Britain with a 37-20 third Test win at Elland Road.


New Canterbury recruits Ricky Stuart, Bradley Clyde and Darren Smith attend their first training run with the Bulldogs.

Ricky Stuart joined Canterbury in 1990 after an illustrious career with Canberra.
Ricky Stuart joined Canterbury in 1990 after an illustrious career with Canberra.


Kangaroos prop Jason Stevens fails in his appeal against a one-match suspension for stomping. St George Illawarra forward Jason Ryles is named as his replacement for the second Test.


Phil Gould announces he will continue as New South Wales State of Origin coach in 2004.

Phil Gould is the most successful Blues coach in Origin history.
Phil Gould is the most successful Blues coach in Origin history.


Australia advance to the World Cup final with a breezy 52-0 defeat of a spirited Fijian outfit in Sydney.


The Sydney Roosters announce the signing of former Dragons international Jason Ryles to a two-year deal. The following year Ryles would come up against his old Red V mates in the 2010 grand final but would walk away disappointed as the Dragons prevailed 32-8.

Manly begin the search for a new halfback and a new captain after Matt Orford takes up a lucrative three-year deal with English club Bradford. The playmaker affectionately known as 'Ox' captained Manly to their 2008 premiership triumph.

Matt Orford celebrates the 2008 premiership.
Matt Orford celebrates the 2008 premiership.


Gold Coast Titans CEO Michael Searle denies reports that Papua New Guinea's NRL bid team is poised to buy into the Titans but admits discussions have taken place about an alliance between the organisations.


Sydney Roosters rookie Tautau Moga undergoes a knee reconstruction after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season training.


Fullback Billy Slater suffers a knee injury in Australia's 62-0 quarter-final win over the United States at Wrexham and could miss the rest of the tournament. Winger Brett Morris and centre Jarryd Hayne equal World Cup and Australian Test tryscoring records with four tries apiece.

Billy Slater goes down hard against the USA.
Billy Slater goes down hard against the USA.


The Newcastle Knights offer North Queensland wunderkind Kalyn Ponga a three-year contract reportedly with $3.6 million. The Cowboys concede they won't be able to match such a deal.


The Jillaroos open their World Cup campaign with a 58-4 thumping of Cook Islands.


Papua New Guinea pull off a stunning 28-10 upset win over Great Britain, leaving the Wayne Bennett-coached side with four successive defeats in their short tour of the Southern Hemisphere.


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


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