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On this day, Ricky Stuart in strife over referee abuse, Dave Smith gets NRL's top gig and Shaun Johnson breaks English hearts at Wembley.


Jonathan Davies agrees to join the North Queensland Cowboys.


Brisbane Broncos captain Gorden Tallis is given the all-clear to resume his playing career in 2002 after suffering a serious spinal injury in May.


The Great Britain-New Zealand Test series ends in a draw after Great Britain win the third Test 16-10 at Wigan.


World Cup officials investigate allegations that Australian coach Ricky Stuart abused World Cup referee Ashley Klein and English referees controller Stuart Cummings in the foyer of a Brisbane hotel.

Ricky Stuart addresses his team after the shock loss to New Zealand in the 2008 World Cup final.
Ricky Stuart addresses his team after the shock loss to New Zealand in the 2008 World Cup final.


St George Illawarra ask the NRL’s Player Managers’ Accreditation Scheme to investigate the circumstances of Wests Tigers utility Tim Moltzen turning his back on the Dragons after signing to play for the club in 2012.


The ARL Commission appoint 48-year-old Lloyds International CEO David Smith as the game’s new chief executive. The Welshman admits he has little knowledge of rugby league and played rugby union as a child. He starts in his new role in February, 2013.


A crowd of 67,545 attends the World Cup semi-final double-header at Wembley Stadium where New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson scores a converted try in the final 20 seconds to sink England 20-18 in a classic encounter. Australia waltz to a 64-0 victory over Fiji in the second semi-final.


NRL club bosses storm out of a meeting at NRL Central and call for the sacking of ARLC Chairman John Grant over the failure to resolve the game’s funding crisis. The clubs claim Grant reneged on an agreement struck in late 2015 to fund the clubs at 130 percent of the salary cap when the new television rights deal kicks in in 2018.


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