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November 20: Anderson suffers heart attack; Draft day for rugby league

On this day, the first and only rugby league player draft is held, Australia retain the Ashes and Chris Anderson suffers a heart attack on tour with the Kangaroos.

1990   

Controversial player draft is instigated with most clubs getting the players they wanted. The significant player movements were David Gillespie, Joe Thomas and Paul Langmack  to Wests, Peter Jackson and Phil Blake to Norths, Les Davidson to Cronulla, Bruce McGuire and Scott Tronc to Canterbury, Trevor Gillmeister to Brisbane and Paul Dunn to Penrith.

1993

Junior Paulo was born in Auckland. The front-rower made his NRL debut with Parramatta in 2013 before switching to Canberra in 2016-18, then returning to the Eels. He represented Samoa at the 2017 World Cup.

Eels prop Junior Paulo.
Eels prop Junior Paulo. ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos

1994   

Australia retain the Ashes with a dominating 23-4 victory over Great Britain in the third Test at Elland Road. Bob Fulton announces he would seek reappointment as Australian coach after the 1995 World Cup.

1996   

Paul “Porky” Morgan resigns as chairman of the Brisbane Broncos.

2001   

Australian coach Chris Anderson is rushed to hospital in Leeds after experiencing chest pains during a gymnasium workout.

2001   

Australian and British officials lock horns over the appointment of the referee for the third Test.

2002   

The NRL’s annual conference begins in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. Officials voice their overwhelming support for sudden-death extra time to decide drawn premiership games.

2003   

Chris Anderson selects veteran "outsider" Darren Smith ahead of Kangaroo players Joel Clinton, Luke Lewis and Richard Villasanti in Australia’s third Test squad. "They’re disappointed they’re not in the team," says Anderson. "A lot of those blokes are over here as a learning exercise and, if they take it like that, they’ll go back as much improved footballers." ARL boss Geoff Carr says he would have ‘preferred’ Penrith’s Luke Lewis to be chosen ahead of Smith.

2004   

Great Britain finish at the top of the Tri-Nations ladder at the completion of the round-robin stage after defeating New Zealand 26-24 at Hull.

2006   

Gold Coast CEO Michael Searle says the club is willing to offer reluctant fullback Steve Turner a release after one season if he is unhappy with his new club.

2006   

Australian captain Darren Lockyer becomes the second player to win the Golden Boot award twice when he is honoured at a function in Sydney.

2008   

Manly winger David Williams continues his dream rise when he is called into Australia’s team for the World Cup final after Brent Tate withdraws with a hip flexor injury.

2012   

The ARLC’s momentous decision to outlaw the shoulder charge is met with a barrage of criticism by players and coaches, who brand the move an over-reaction. Even retired Dragons forward Dean Young, who was rendered unconscious by a Greg Inglis shoulder charge in 2012, opposed the decision.

2014   

The NRL receive a Good Sports Leadership award from the Australian Drug Foundation over its continuing commitment to improving the game’s drinking culture.

2016   

Australia regain the ranking as the number one rugby league nation by powering to a 34-8 victory over New Zealand in the Four Nations final at Anfield Stadium.

2017   

England down Papua New Guinea 36-6 in a World Cup quarter final in Melbourne to progress to a semi-final against Tonga.

Warriors five-eighth Blake Green.
Warriors five-eighth Blake Green. ©NRL Photos

2017   

Manly agree to a release for five-eighth Blake Green to take up a three-year deal with the Warriors.

 

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