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Jason Taylor leads the Bears out at North Sydney Oval.

On this day, the Bears want back in, the Kangaroos run riot and the Queensland Premier confirms Big Artie will be immortalised in bronze at Suncorp Stadium.

1946

The Parramatta District Rugby League Football Club is formed at a meeting at Parramatta Town Hall. Parramatta and Manly teams are admitted to the premiership a month earlier.

1994

Despite being offered $2500 per man to beat Australia, the French team go down by the world record score of 74-0 in the one-off Test in Bezier. Rod Wishart lands a Test record-equalling 11 goals. Mal Meninga celebrates his final appearance in the green and gold by scoring Australia’s final try. 

1998   

Australian Rugby Union chief executive John O’Neill predicts the death of rugby league following the demise of Adelaide and the Gold Coast.

2001   

South Sydney supporters threaten to tear up their memberships if the club signs footballer-turned-boxer Anthony Mundine.

2003   

Former Canterbury halfback Craig Polla-Mounter unveils plans for a comeback for Nambour in the Sunshine Coast competition in 2004.

Craig Polla-Mounter on the move.
Craig Polla-Mounter on the move.

2005   

Leading coaches Ricky Stuart, Steve Folkes and Tim Sheens question the logic of annual Tri-Nations tournament, claiming that player burn-out is inevitable. “We’re seeing the situation where, after a long season, players can’t go on tour because their bodies can’t take it,” said Sheens.

2008   

North Sydney launch a bid for inclusion in the NRL in 2011 as a Central Coast team.

Craig Bellamy coached the Blues from 2008-10.
Craig Bellamy coached the Blues from 2008-10.

2009

Melbourne’s Craig Bellamy is reappointed coach of the NSW State of Origin side.

2011   

Halfback of the century Andrew Johns agrees to a coaching role with Canterbury halves Trent Hodkinson and Kris Keating.

2011   

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh confirms plans for a statue of Arthur Beetson to be erected in the northern plaza of Suncorp Stadium, alongside fellow Immortal Wally Lewis.

The statue of the legendary Arthur Beetson at Suncorp Stadium.
The statue of the legendary Arthur Beetson at Suncorp Stadium. ©Scott Davis/NRL Photos

2013   

Cronulla officials claim the season’s schedule will cost the club $200,000 because of a lack of free-to-air coverage. The Sharks are drawn to play only two Friday night games and one Sunday afternoon game on Channel Nine.

2015   

South Sydney prop Tom Burgess completes a trial run with NFL club the New York Giants. Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire says Burgess travelled to the US with the club’s blessing and insists that the Englishman will honour his contract with Souths until the end of 2018.

2017

Penrith finally announce the signing of NSW and Kangaroos five-eighth James Maloney until at least the end of the 2020 season.

 

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