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January 17: Rabbitohs are born, Trindall heads to Belmore

On this day, the Rabbitohs are born, a South Sydney cult hero changes clubs and a future professional wrestler makes a move.


A meeting is held in the Redfern Town Hall to form the South Sydney club. Prominent rugby union player Arthur Hennessy had held meetings at his Sydney home over the summer of 1907-08 with a view to forming a district club. The support led to a vote in favour of a switch to the new game.


Super League secure free to air rights with Channel Nine, leaving the Nine network to televise both ARL and Super League competitions in 1997. The move prompts ARL chief executive Neil Whittaker to admit that the ARL's season draw may have to be modified.


Former Rabbitohs Darrell Trindall agrees to terms with the Bulldogs. After having played 150 matches for South Sydney, Trindall played 21 in two seasons at Canterbury.

Daniel Vidot after playing for Samoa.
Daniel Vidot after playing for Samoa. ©NRL Photos


The Newcastle Knights are rocked by news that playmaker Jarrod Mullen has tested positive to anabolic steroid Drostanolone and faces a possible four-year suspension. The second positive result is confirmed by the NRL on March 7.


Former Canberra, Brisbane, St George Illawarra and Samoa winger Daniel Vidot agrees to terms with the Gold Coast Titans for 2017. Vidot would go on to chase fame as a professional wrestler in the US.


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

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