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November 23: Raging Bull shrugs off pain in the neck; Johnson sinks England

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.

1968

Mark Soden was born. Originally a halfback when he came into first grade with North Sydney in 1989, he switched to hooker a few years later when Jason Taylor arrived at the Bears. Soden played 170 matches for the club before retiring at the end of 1999.

He was the last person to score points in the premiership for the foundation club after kicking a goal in what turned out to be their final match as a standalone entity before the ill-fated Northern Eagles joint venture with Manly.

1994   

Jonathan Davies agrees to join the North Queensland Cowboys.

2001   

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.

2002   

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

Ricky Stuart.
Ricky Stuart. ©Scott Davis/NRL Photos

2008   

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.

2011   

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.

2012   

The NRL announces the 2013 season draw, featuring times and venues of all matches for the first 20 rounds of the competition for the first time. Other features include Thursday night matches for the first month of the competition.

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.

“This is the best job in Australia. If you start with a smiley face everything else falls into place,” he says. Media reports point out that Smith is unable to identify Test captain Cameron Smith or Test five-eighth Johnathan Thurston.

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.

2016   

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.