On this day, the Jillaroos and Kangaroos complete a World Cup double and Allan Langer announces his retirement.
As cold weather gripped the visiting Australian side in a Test match played in Avignon, Greg Alexander scored 26 points as the Kangaroos scored a 60-4 win over France.
Broncos, NSW and Australia prop Payne Haas is born. The giant front-rower made an immediate impact after making his NRL debut as an 18-year-old.
English magazine Rugby League World names Andrew Johns as the first recipient in a decade of the Golden Boot award which honours the best player in the world.
Allan Langer announces his retirement from the game. In a stellar career, Langer played 24 Tests, 34 State of Origin matches for Queensland and spent 13 years at the Brisbane Broncos. He was admitted to the NRL Hall of Fame in 2008.
Stuart Raper is appointed coach of Cronulla for 2004 and 2005 following the sacking of Chris Anderson.
Tim Sheens is reappointed as Australia's coach through to the end of the 2013 World Cup. Australia would beat New Zealand 34-2 in the final.
Veteran Jillaroos Renae Kunst and Stephanie Hancock achieve a fairytale farewell with a 23-16 World Cup victory over the Kiwi Ferns at Suncorp Stadium. Isabelle Kelly scores two tries for Australia.
Australia claim a 6-0 victory over England in the World Cup final after second-rower Boyd Cordner scores the only try of the game in the 15th minute. Halfback Cooper Cronk announces his retirement from representative football after the game.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.