On this day, the Warriors take a punt on a rookie coach, Steven Menzies signs for his sweet 16th season as an Eagle and James Packer buys into the Bunnies.
Jorge Taufua was born in Canberra. The powerhouse winger made his NRL debut for Manly in 2012 and has been a mainstay for the Sea Eagles with his spectacular finishing and bone-crushing tackles on the flank. He has also represented bitter rivals Samoa and Tonga on the international stage.
Jaydn Su'A was born in Auckland. After making his Telstra Premiership debut with Brisbane in 2016, the imposing second-rower made a mid-season switch to Souths three years later, following former Broncos coach Wayne Bennett to Redfern.
Former Parramatta assistant coach Daniel Anderson is appointed first grade coach of the New Zealand Warriors. Mick Watson is appointed chief executive. Anderson two years later becomes the first coach to guide the Warriors to the grand final.
Australia pay a high price for their 32-12 win over New Zealand at London’s Loftus Road Stadium with captain Darren Lockyer and second-rower Craig Fitzgibbon both suffering injuries. Lockyer picks up a recurrence of a rib injury while Fitzgibbon damaged a shoulder. Lockyer was named man of the match before succumbing to the injury.
Steve Menzies signs with Manly for his 16th season with the club.
Australian coach Tim Sheens creates a stir on the eve of the Four Nations series by claiming that a faction at his Wests Tigers club wanted Benji Marshall sacked because he was a waste of money. Marshall, who was preparing to captain the Kiwis against Australia, later claims he would have walked out on the club if he had known he was not wanted.
France produce a scare for England in the opening match of the Four Nations series in Doncaster when they lead 12-4 at halftime. The Lions stage a second-half recovery to storm home 34-12.
New Zealand open their Four Nations campaign with a 24-10 defeat of England in Wellington. Both nations suffer major injury setbacks, with Kiwi winger Manu Vatuvei ruled out of the tournament with a broken arm while England lose impressive centre Michael Shenton with ankle ligament damage.
England’s World Cup preparations strike further trouble when forward Gareth Hock is dumped from the squad for disciplinary reasons. His place is taken by Huddersfield back-rower Brett Ferres. Hock reportedly breached a team alcohol ban.
Cronulla captain Paul Gallen lands in hot water for posting offensive remarks aimed at NRL management on social media while on holiday in Hawaii.
Billionaire James Packer formally takes over a 37.5 per cent share of the South Sydney Rabbitohs after completing a deal with Peter Holmes a Court for an “undisclosed sum”.
The Newcastle Knights re-sign twin front-rowers Jacob and Daniel Saifiti until the end of the 2020 season.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.