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Parramatta's Brett Kenny does a lap of honour after the 1986 grand final

On this day, Parramatta loses its high-profile jersey sponsor; Katie Page breaks through the glass ceiling at the NRL; and Will Chambers returns to the Storm from rugby union.

1996

Despite a long and successful association with the Parramatta Eels, major sponsors James Hardie & Co announce they will withdraw their support for the club for the coming season.

2003

Bulldogs directors George Peponis and Steve Mortimer say they will walk away from the club if the board they handpicked, following the 2002 salary cap crisis, is not retained at the Bulldogs' upcoming annual general meeting in February.

2005

Businesswoman Katie Page is appointed to the NRL Board, replacing outgoing director Dr Merv Cross. Page, the managing director of Harvey Norman and wife of retail giant Gerry Harvey, is the first female to be appointed.

Immortal Arthur Beetson
Immortal Arthur Beetson ©NRL Photos

2008

Immortal Arthur Beetson blasts the NRL’s decision to shelve the Country Carnival for this year because of the game's Centenary celebrations. "It's all fine and good to celebrate 100 years, but if we don't take care of the country, it [rugby league] won't be around in another 100 years," he said.

2012

Disgraced Canterbury forward Ryan Tandy loses an appeal over his conviction for match-fixing. Tandy’s legal team considers a further appeal but NRL boss David Gallop says "a life ban seems an inevitable consequence following today’s decision".

Melbourne Storm centre Will Chambers.
Melbourne Storm centre Will Chambers. ©Nathan Hopkins/NRL Photos

2012

Former Melbourne centre Will Chambers signs a three-year deal to return to the Storm following two years of rugby union with the Queensland Reds.

2017

Veteran Kiwi international Ruben Wiki, soon to turn 44 years of age, announces he will make a brief comeback to the game at the Auckland Nines.

 

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