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Kato Ottio dances with a PNG rugby league fan.

On this day, tragedy strikes in Papua New Guinea with the death of Kumuls representative Kato Ottio.


Glebe become the first club side formed to play in the 1908 NSWRL premiership. A meeting is held at Glebe Town Hall and the club's first patron is W.M.Hughes, who later became Australia's Prime Minister. The club finished the year in third place.


Chris Sandow was born. The 2008 Dally M Rookie of the Year, Sandow played 159 NRL matches for both Parramatta and South Sydney before spending two years with English club Warrington.                   


Queensland selectors say they will consider Allan Langer for selection in the 2000 State of Origin series despite playing in England. Langer's club, Warrington, respond by announcing they will not release him. In 2001, Langer returned from England to help Queensland win the Origin series.

Allan Langer in game three of the 2001 Origin series.
Allan Langer in game three of the 2001 Origin series. ©NRL Photos


Great Britain Test forward Stuart Fielden reveals he narrowly avoided being caught up in the 2004 south-east Asian tsunami disaster while holidaying in Thailand.


Immortal Bob Fulton is appointed chief advisor to NSW State of Origin coach Ricky Stuart as the NSWRL replaces the traditional four-man selection panel. 


The game is rocked by the death of Papua New Guinea Test star Kato Ottio who collapsed in Port Moresby while on a training run with PNG Hunters players and died from severe heatstroke. Ottio was due to take up a contract with English Super League club Widnes.


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

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