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NSW coaching great Phil Gould.

On this day, Gus and Stacey return; Joey gets another honour and Martina jumps on board. 

1996

Wigan's reign as Challenge Cup champions ends when they fall 26-16 to Salford. The champion club's last defeat in the Cup competition was in 1987. Their reign spanned 43 sudden-death games.

1999

The NRL confirms it has set a $2 million funding limit for the 14 teams scheduled to compete in the 2000 competition.

2002

Phil Gould is officially appointed coach of NSW for 2002. In his second stint in charge, the Blues won two series and drew another during a three-year run.

2003

Anthony Mundine makes a return for St George Illawarra against the United States Tomahawks in a charity match in honour of Joanne Mackay, the late wife of former Dragon Brad Mackay.

Johns bamboozles the Sharks in 1999.
Johns bamboozles the Sharks in 1999. ©NRL Photos

2004

South Sydney announce that former world number one women's tennis player Martina Navratilova will kick off the Charity Shield against St George Illawarra.

2008

Andrew Johns is named the best player of the previous 30 years by Rugby League Week. The top five was Johns, Wally Lewis, Brad Fittler, Darren Lockyer and Allan Langer.

2009

Kiwi legend Stacey Jones returns to the Warriors for the first time since 2005 in a 24-12 trial victory over Melbourne in Hamilton.

Thurston kicks short for Ben Barba

2011

The Wayne Bennett-coached NRL All Stars prove too strong for the Indigenous All Stars at Skilled Park, overturning their 2010 loss with a 28-12 victory. Josh Dugan (NRL) is awarded the Preston Campbell Medal as man of the match.

Josh Dugan in the 2011 All Stars game.
Josh Dugan in the 2011 All Stars game. ©NRL Photos

2012

Canterbury attract a crowd of 12,000 to Belmore Sports Ground for a trial against the Roosters and club chief executive Todd Greenberg indicates the club will push for one or two home games a season at their old headquarters.

2014

Sydney Roosters captain Anthony Minichiello is chosen to become the face of the game for 2014 when he is invited to launch the season by NRL boss David Smith.

 

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