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November 27: SBW named world's best; Lockyer tames Lions

On this day, the Kangaroos and Kiwis face off in America, SBW crowned world's best and Lockyer lashes Lions.

1879

Hall of Famer Chris McKivat is born in Burrawang. A halfback with a shrewd and calculating mind, he holds the unique distinction of captaining Australia in both rugby codes.

His signing with rugby league during the great Wallaby raid of 1909 was a turning point for the 13-a-side game and undoubtedly convinced many of his rugby teammates to make the jump. McKivat was a dominant figure in Tests between Australia and England from 1910 to 1912.

After his retirement, McKivat coached at Glebe, Norths and Wests, and was in charge of Norths when they landed their only competition titles in 1921 and 1922.

Chris McKivat in his Glebe uniform in 1911.
Chris McKivat in his Glebe uniform in 1911.

1954   

Australia and New Zealand play in the first rugby league match on US soil. On their way home from the World Cup, Australia beat the Kiwis 30-13 before a crowd of 1000 at Long Beach Memorial Stadium, California.

1990   

Australia cruise to a 46-18 romp over a French President’s XIII in Paris. Greg Alexander and Brad Fittler each score two tries.

1994   

Australia thump a Catalans Selection 60-15 in an ill-tempered match in Perpignan. Steve Renouf scores three tries for the tourists.

1995   

Suliasi Vunivalu is born in Suva. A prolific try-scoring winger, he touched down 72 times in his first four seasons at the Storm following his debut in 2016 and also quickly rose into the representative ranks on the international scene with the Fiji Bati.

2003   

St George Illawarra prop Jason Ryles is told he requires further surgery to repair nerve damage to his shoulder, despite undergoing a reconstruction in July.

Darren Lockyer tamed the Lions in 2004.
Darren Lockyer tamed the Lions in 2004. ©NRL Photos

2004   

Australian captain Darren Lockyer produces one of Test football’s great individual performances to lead the green and golds to a 44-4 victory over Great Britain in the final of the Tri-Nations series. It is Britain’s heaviest defeat on home soil.

2006   

The Gold Coast grant a release to former Penrith forward Frank Puletua on compassionate grounds but deny there is hypocrisy in their refusal to offer a similar release to Melbourne recruit Steve Turner.

2006   

Prime Minister John Howard unveils a new logo that will be used to celebrate the centenary of the game in Australia.

2012   

St George Illawarra utility back Kyle Stanley is expected to miss the entire 2013 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament following a mishap on a wet surface. He undergoes his fourth knee reconstruction.

2013   

New Zealand second-rower Sonny Bill Williams is named International Player of the Year at the RLIF awards night in Manchester. Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson is voted coach of the year and South Sydney and England prop George Burgess the rookie of the year. In a major surprise, Scotland and Huddersfield’s Danny Brough ousts Australia five-eighth Johnathan Thurston as international five-eighth of the year.

2015   

North Queensland re-sign grand final-winning hooker Jake Granville until the end of the 2018 season.

2016   

The Newcastle Knights confirm the signing of North Queensland prodigy Kalyn Ponga on a three-year deal to start in 2018. 

 

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