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Phil Gould and the Blues.

On this day, Phil Gould agrees to coach the Blues, a pair of Test forwards are born and Bradford Bulls on top of the world.


Brad Thorn is born. The league and union great played three Test matches for Australia and 200 matches for the Broncos as well as making 59 appearances for the All Blacks.                                                        


Martin Taupau is born. As well as playing 27 Tests matches for Samoa and New Zealand, Taupau has played 201 NRL matches for Canterbury, Wests Tigers and Manly.


Penrith's premiership-winning coach Phil Gould is appointed NSW State of Origin coach. The Blues would win the next three series.

Dragons hooker Nathan Brown.
Dragons hooker Nathan Brown. ©NRL Photos


St George Illawarra hooker Nathan Brown is flown to hospital by helicopter after injuring his neck in a trial against the Bulldogs at Sydney Showground. The injury forced Brown to retire. He would later move into coaching.

Newcastle centre Matthew Gidley is ruled out for the first six weeks of the premiership after suffering a broken ankle in a trial against Parramatta.


Newcastle coach Michael Hagan agrees to extend his contract with the Knights until the end of the 2003 season.


The Rugby League International Federation votes to give full membership status to Russia. The board reveals that Russia has 10 clubs and 8000 registered players.

Des Hasler coaching the Bulldogs.
Des Hasler coaching the Bulldogs. ©NRL Photos


Super League powerhouse Bradford maintain Britain's hold on the World Club Challenge trophy with a commanding 30-10 victory over Wests Tigers at Huddersfield's Galpharm Stadium.


Canterbury coach Des Hasler re-signs with the club until the end of the 2017 season.


Bryce Cartwright leaves Penrith to take up a four-year deal with the Gold Coast Titans, reportedly worth close to $3 million.


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

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