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Maroons coach Kevin Walters.

On this day, Alfie Langer's Cumberland Throw is outlawed, Souths sign George Burgess and Kevin Walters gets the Queensland coaching gig.


Shane Elford was born. A handy utility back, he enjoyed a lengthy career in two stints at Penrith, as well as a four-year stay with the Wests Tigers, which included the 2005 premiership. Elford lined up in the centres for the Tigers in their 30-16 grand final win over the Cowboys.


The Australian Rugby League causes uproar in Brisbane by announcing moves to ban the controversial tackling style of halfback Allan Langer.


Former Great Britain forward Roy Powell dies, aged 33.


Foundation clubs North Sydney, Balmain, Western Suburbs and South Sydney are included in a qualifying tournament for the 2004 World Sevens. The main draw of the tournament includes 26 teams.


South Sydney sign the 18-year-old brother of Sam Burgess. George Burgess agrees to a two-year deal after his English club Bradford agree to an early release.

Nathan Hindmarsh looks to pass for the Eels.
Nathan Hindmarsh looks to pass for the Eels. ©NRL Photos


Parramatta veteran Nathan Hindmarsh supplants AFL signing Israel Folau as the most popular player in All Stars voting after topping the opening stage of public polling for the 2011 match. Folau was the top pick in 2010.


The QRL appoints Kevin Walters to a three-year term as coach of the Maroons’ State of Origin team.


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

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