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South Sydney recruit Latrell Mitchell.

On this day in rugby league history, Farah turns down the Titans, DCE gets the leadership at Manly and Latrell puts pen to paper with the Rabbitohs.


Brad Fittler makes a commitment to new Roosters' coach Ricky Stuart that he will continue to lead the club for the next two seasons.


Newcastle management announce that Michael Hagan will serve his last season as coach of the club in 2006. The decision is expected to clear the way for him to join Parramatta in 2007.


Robbie Farah rejects a $1.4 million offer from the Gold Coast Titans to re-sign with the Wests Tigers until the end of 2013.


NSW State of Origin coach Ricky Stuart names a 51-man "Blues-in-waiting" squad as he begins planning to wrest the trophy from the Maroons for the first time since 2005.

Former NSW coach Ricky Stuart in 2012.
Former NSW coach Ricky Stuart in 2012. ©NRL Photos


New Brisbane signing James Roberts is named in Laurie Daley's Emerging Blues squad for 2016. The 17 players named are: James Roberts (Brisbane), Blake Austin (Canberra), Jack Wighton (Canberra), Aiden Tolman (Canterbury), Wade Graham (Cronulla), Ryan James (Gold Coast), Dylan Walker (Manly), Tariq Sims (Newcastle), Nathan Peats (Parramatta), Matt Moylan (Penrith), Alex Johnston (South Sydney), Adam Reynolds (South Sydney), Tyson Frizell (St George Illawarra), Jack de Belin (St George Illawarra), Blake Ferguson (Sydney Roosters), Kane Evans (Sydney Roosters), James Tedesco (Wests Tigers).

Daly Cherry-Evans sparks the Manly attack.
Daly Cherry-Evans sparks the Manly attack.


Halfback Daly Cherry-Evans is appointed Manly captain for 2017.


The long running saga over Latrell Mitchell’s playing future is finally decided when he signs a two-year deal with South Sydney, reported to be worth $1.4 million. Coach Wayne Bennett compares Mitchell’s recruitment to the signing of Greg Inglis and Sam Burgess. “It’s probably as big as when they [the Rabbitohs] signed Sam Burgess and Greg Inglis nearly a decade ago,” he said.


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

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