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Gordon Tallis leads the Maroons into battle in 2001.

On this day, Gorden Tallis hints at retirement and refereeing great Bill Harrigan becomes a consultant at the Roosters.


English born Canterbury and Cronulla player George Taylforth is born. In 1967 Taylforth set a record for points in a season with 204. He scored two tries and kicked 99 goals.


More than 30 players walk out on the Gold Coast club after a no-confidence vote in boss Jeff Muller.


Canterbury allow winger Hazem El Masri to play for Lebanon in the ARL World Sevens.


The Melbourne Storm are rated at odds of 6/4 to claim the inaugural NRL wooden spoon in 1998. The following year they won the grand final.


Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe throws a party on his property near Coffs Harbour for the South Sydney Rabbitohs' first-grade squad.


Brisbane captain Gorden Tallis says there is a "big chance" he will retire at the end of the 2004 season. His stellar career ended prior to the 2005 season after 214 clubs games, 17 State of Origin appearances and 13 Tests.

Bill Harrigan during the 2000 NRL grand final.
Bill Harrigan during the 2000 NRL grand final. ©NRL Photos


The Sydney Roosters recruit Bill Harrigan to act as an "informal advisor" to coach Ricky Stuart in 2004.


Wests Tigers down Parramatta 18-7 in the final of the World Sevens to take out the club's first title. Scott Sattler is named player of the tournament. 


Melbourne hooker Cameron Smith and Dragons halfback Ben Hornby are ruled out of the NRL All Stars team through injury. Aaron Payne (North Queensland) and Nathan Fien (St George Illawarra) replace them.


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