His strength and ability to maintain his efforts over the entire 80 minutes made Narvo a constant threat for opposition defences, as shown in this image from a match against South Sydney at the Sydney Sports Ground.

On this day, Brad Fittler gets one over Andrew Johns, a Hall of Famer is born and Andrew Willis wins one for the Magpies.

1912

Hall of Fame member Herb Narvo is born. Narvo signed with Newtown in 1937 and was one of the form forwards in the competition. Narvo was brought into the Kangaroos squad for the 1937-38 tour after Joe Pearce broke his leg on the first stop of the tour. He appeared in every game on that tour. The St George side he was captain-coach of in 1946 was crowned club champion but lost the grand final 13-12. 

1958

Australia and NSW representative Chris Mortimer was born. Mortimer played one Test for Australia in 1986, scoring a try in a 62-12 win over Papua New Guinea.  He played 251 club games for Penrith and Canterbury and won premierships for the Bulldogs in 1980, 1984 and 1985. In 1988 he made the move from the Bulldogs to the Panthers. His career ended with two seasons in England playing for Wakefield Trinity. Mortimer also played nine State of Origin matches for NSW.

Gavin Cooper after his 300th NRL match.
Gavin Cooper after his 300th NRL match. ©Shane Myers/NRL Photos

1985

Queensland back-rower Gavin Cooper was born. Reached the 300-game mark in round 17 of 2019, with all but 76 of those matches being in North Queensland Cowboys colours. Cooper played six Origin matches for Queensland and was part of the Cowboys side that won the 2015 grand final.   

1996

Western Suburbs five-eighth Andrew Willis kicks a last-minute, 45-metre field goal to give his side a 23-22 win over North Sydney in a memorable Monday Night Football fixture. Brandon Costin, Aseri Laing and Willis scored Wests' tries.

Brad Fittler against the Knights in 2000.
Brad Fittler against the Knights in 2000. ©NRL Photos

2000

After trailing 16-2 at halftime, the Sydney Roosters advance to the grand final with a 26-20 defeat of Newcastle led by a magnificent performance from Brad Fittler. Matthew Johns and Tony Butterfield play their last matches for the Knights.

2011

South Sydney keep their finals hopes alive with a controversial 26-24 golden point win over North Queensland at ANZ Stadium after trailing the Cowboys 24-12 with 15 minutes to play. A sideline conversion from Chris Sandow sent the game into extra time.                          

 

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