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December 7: Bird flies to Gold Coast; Kangaroo Tour thief claims emerge

On this day, claims emerge of a thief on the Kangaroo Tour, Hopoate leaves Eels for Bulldogs and Greg Bird flies to the Gold Coast.

1971

Adam Muir was born in Newcastle. A skilful second-rower, he made his debut for the Knights in 1992 and was a member of their grand final-winning team in the ARL decider five years later. He joined the Bears the following year which became a two-year stint when the club merged with Manly. Muir spent another two years with the Northern Eagles before ending his career with Souths in their readmission year of 2002.

He finished his career with 184 first-grade appearances and also represented NSW 13 times and Australia twice. 

Blues forward Adam Muir in 2002.
Blues forward Adam Muir in 2002. ©NRL Photos

1997 

Briton Nikora was born in Mt Maunganui. The second-rower made his Telstra Premiership debut for Cronulla in 2019 and midway through his impressive rookie season, he was called into the New Zealand Test squad. 

2001   

Former Sydney Roosters front-rower Quentin Pongia signs a two-year deal with the London Broncos.

2003   

The Sun-Herald reports that almost $4000 was stolen from Kangaroo players’ rooms during their tour of England. Tour manager Gerard Raper says he is uncertain whether the thief was a hotel staff member or a player. Prop Shane Webcke confirms he was a victim of the thief.

2004   

North Queensland winger Matt Sing announces his retirement from representative football.

2004   

South Sydney centre Lee Hookey surprises team-mates by announcing he is quitting the game to spend more time with family.

2007   

Parramatta halfback Tim Smith is fined $1000 and banned from drinking until the end of the 2008 season after abusing a family while he was intoxicated. The 22-year-old breaks the alcohol ban within a week and is stood down indefinitely so he can undergo 24-hour counselling at a rehabilitation clinic.

2009   

Former Cronulla five-eighth Greg Bird signs a one-year contract with the Gold Coast Titans, reportedly worth $110,000.

2011   

Test halfback Johnathan Thurston is named five-eighth and captain of the Indigenous All Stars team and will partner Parramatta recruit Chris Sandow in the February 4 clash against the NRL All Stars at Skiller Park. Sandow is one of five newcomers to the Indigenous line-up, alongside Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Andrew Fifita and Nathan Peats.

2015   

William Hopoate signs a two-year deal with Canterbury, with Samoan international Tim Lafai released by the club to accommodate the move.

The former NSW representative began his career at Manly, took two years off to complete his Mormon mission then returned to the NRL with Parramatta before becoming a Bulldog.

2015   

Dally M centre of the year James Roberts becomes a free agent after failing to come to terms with the Gold Coast following claims his signature was forged on an upgraded contract.

2016   

The NSW Government announces design details for the new Parramatta Stadium, due for completion in 2019. The $300 million venue, to be constructed by Lend Lease, will feature 30,000 seats and 100 percent rooftop cover for supporters.

2017   

Brisbane lock Josh McGuire is named winner of the Ron McAuliffe Medal as Queensland’s player of the 2017 State of Origin series.

 

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