On this day, rampaging Ruben signs off in style, Freddy demands his Aussie-based Cedars are on song for Lebanon's World Cup tilt and injury forces Bryan Norrie into retirement.
Three overseas players are banned from the World Cup tournament after testing positive to drugs. The players are named as Syd Eru (New Zealand), Stephane Millet (France) and South African Pierre Grobbelaar.
Australia fight back from an 18-6 deficit to defeat New Zealand 32-24 in the one-off Test at Wellington’s WestpacTrust Stadium.
Kathy Salvatori, wife of former Test forward Craig Salvatori, is one of 88 Australians killed in a terrorist bomb blast in Bali. Six members of the Coogee Dolphins junior club are also killed, while a number of Sydney Roosters lower-grade players are lucky to escape the blast.
Australian players sign a revised code of conduct aimed at preventing a repeat of behaviour-related incidents that have dogged recent representative camps.
Veteran Kiwi Ruben Wiki scores a try in his farewell appearance for the All Golds Invitational team against the Maori in a 44-10 victory at New Plymouth’s Yarrow Stadium. Wiki confirms his retirement from rugby league two days later.
Former Kangaroo, Wallaby and Olympic water polo representative Dick Thornett dies in Sydney, aged 71.
The Warriors appoint former Canberra and Penrith coach Matt Elliott to the club’s vacant head coaching position on a two-year deal.
Veteran whistle-blower Shayne Hayne is awarded the Col Pearce Medal as referee of the year at the annual presentation for match officials.
Melbourne grand final winner Bryan Norrie is forced to retire immediately because of a neck injury.
The Gold Coast grant Greg Bird a release from the final year of his contract to allow him to join French Super League club Catalans on a three-year deal.
Lebanon World Cup coach Brad Fittler demands that his Australian-based players learn the Lebanese national anthem or they won’t play in the tournament. The Cedars thrill their legion of by beating France 29-18 in Canberra and then take the game right up to England in Sydney in a 29-10 loss.
Justin Holbrook signs off as St Helens coach with a 23-6 defeat of Salford in the Super League grand final at Old Trafford. He would then join the Gold Coast Titans.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.