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December 16: Quayle joins Olympics; Walker becomes a Sea Eagle

On this day, John Quayle switches to the Olympics, Saturday afternoon football is scrapped and Dylan Walker signs with the Sea Eagles. 

1961

Steve Anderson was born. A young utility back, he made his first-grade debut for Wests in 1982 and switched to Cronulla the following season, playing 24 games to bring his career tally to 36. Anderson died in a car accident in early 1984. 

1993   

Brisbane centre Steve Renouf signs a new contract with the Broncos, tying him to the club until the end of the 1996 season.

1996   

Outgoing ARL chief executive John Quayle is appointed to a powerful post on the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, in which he will oversee the organisation of venues for the 2000 games.

1997   

Gold Coast chief executive Paul Broughton announces his retirement at the club’s annual general meeting. His involvement in the game spanned 45 years.

Paul Broughton at the 2019 Titans awards night.
Paul Broughton at the 2019 Titans awards night. ©NRL Photos

1999   

The NRL sticks with the controversial eight-team final series format for 2000, despite the reduction in teams from 17 to 14.

1999   

The NRL announces unsigned South Sydney players will be exempted from the salary cap in 2000.

1999   

South Sydney announce they will not field a team in First Division in 2000. President George Piggins says the club will pour all its resources into funding a legal campaign for readmission to the NRL.

1999   

The Melbourne Storm announce they will play their grand final rematch against St George Illawarra at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday, March 3, 2000.

2000   

NRL chief executive David Moffett announces a six-year naming rights sponsorship with Telstra, reportedly worth $72 million.

2000   

The Daily Telegraph reveals that Saturday afternoon football is set to be scrapped in 2001, ending a 93-year tradition.

2002   

ARL chairman Colin Love announces that an International Sevens tournament featuring the 15 NRL clubs and nine international teams will be staged on February 1-2, 2003.

2004   

Former Dragons and Newcastle coach David Waite is appointed to the role of director of football for French team Perpignan, due to join the English Super League in 2006.

2009   

Halfback of the Century Andrew Johns embarks on a relief mission to tsunami-ravaged Samoa. He is joined by Wendell Sailor, Nigel Vagana, Roy Asotasi and a number of Australian surfers.

2009   

The Newcastle Knights are rocked by the arrest of popular front-rower Danny Wicks on drugs charges. CEO Steve Burraston denies that a drug culture is prevalent at the club as Wicks is stood down indefinitely over charges of supplying and possessing a prohibited substance.

2010   

Dual-premiership winning centre Paul Whatuira agrees to join Parramatta on a one-year deal.

2014   

Ben Hornby and Dean Young, members of St George Illawarra’s 2010 premiership-winning team, are added to the full-time coaching staff of Dragons mentor Paul McGregor.

Manly's Dylan Walker.
Manly's Dylan Walker. ©NRL Photos

2015   

Manly announce the signing of South Sydney grand final-winning centre Dylan Walker to a four-year contract.

2015   

Wests Tigers name Robbie Farah in a seven-man leadership group for 2016, confirming he will remain at the club after he was initially asked to find a new team. Chief executive Justin Pascoe apologises that the Farah fiasco had been allowed to “play out publicly”.

2015   

Cowboys champion Johnathan Thurston receives yet another honour in a year of resounding achievement when he is awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by James Cook University.

2015   

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart signs a two-year contract extension with the Raiders, tying him to the club until the end of the 2018 season.

2017   

Incoming New South Wales coach Brad Fittler makes key appointments to his staff, including Danny Buderus as assistant coach, along with Blues great Paul Sironen and respected Cowboys football manager Peter Parr.

 

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