On this day, Benny and Blocker get life, Craig Wing switches to Roosters and GI gets green light at Rabbitohs.
The Auckland Warriors name 11 internationals in their first trial outfit to play New Zealand provincial side Canterbury in January.
Ben Elias and Steve Roach are awarded life membership of the Tigers.
The ARL secures the final funding of $16.5 million from Optus, Channel Nine and News Limited to enable its 11 teams to enter the national competition on an equal financial footing with the nine Super League clubs.
South Sydney star Craig Wing announces he wants to play for Sydney City in 2000 after fielding offers from five NRL clubs and interest from rugby union officials.
The NRL confirms it will register the contract of Greg Inglis after the Rabbitohs freed up room under their salary cap by releasing centre Beau Champion, who signs for three years with the Melbourne Storm.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.