On this day, Andrew Ettingshausen calls time on a glittering rep career with NSW and Australia, 'GI' is handed the reins at Souths and Ben Hunt inks a massive deal with the Dragons.
Roosters enforcer Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was born. The three-time premiership-winning prop began his NRL career at Manly in 2009 but moved to the Roosters the following season and has chalked up 254 games for the Tricolours, winning premierships in 2013, 2018 and 2019. He has also played 32 Tests for the Kiwis.
Cronulla captain Andrew Ettingshausen announces his decision to retire from representative football to concentrate on his commitments with the Sharks. 'ET' had enjoyed a glittering rep career which included 25 Tests for the Kangaroos and 27 Origins for NSW.
Bulldogs star Braith Anasta re-signs with the club until the end of the 2005 season.
Melbourne rookie Greg Inglis is named in a 44-man Australian squad to assemble under new national coach Ricky Stuart. Other newcomers to the squad include Ryan Cross, Ashley Harrison, Ben Hornby, Brent Kite, Clint Newton, Ben Ross, Ashton Sims, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith, Tim Smith, John Sutton, Johnathan Thurston, Anthony Tupou, Carl Webb, Rhys Wesser and Dean Young.
Former Test stars Allan Langer and Jason Hetherington are named on Mal Meninga’s support staff for Queensland’s 2009 State of Origin campaign.
South Sydney coach Michael Maguire appoints Greg Inglis as captain for 2015, replacing John Sutton, who becomes the first premiership-winning skipper to be deposed before the start of the next season.
Brisbane halfback Ben Hunt accepts a five-year deal with St George Illawarra from 2018, worth around $6 million, making him one of the highest-paid players in the game.
Legendary St George and Australian fullback Graeme ‘Changa’ Langlands dies at a Sutherland nursing home from advanced Alzheimer’s disease. One of the game’s Immortals, Langlands was 76.
Sydney Roosters centre Billy Smith suffers a major setback when he tears his ACL in a routine training drill. Smith, who was poised to take over from departed premiership winner Latrell Mitchell in the Roosters’ left centre position, tore the ACL in his opposite leg in 2018.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.