On this day, Glebe get their marching orders, Souths sign Greg Inglis, the ill-fated Northern Eagles are born and Ben Barba goes from Brisbane to the Sharks.
Glebe are axed from the premiership after a 13-12 vote by the NSW Rugby League. The Dirty Reds were the first club formed in 1908, but with disappointing results in their final three seasons, the loss of their home ground Wentworth Park to soccer and with industrial areas encroaching on residential zones, the club’s demise was not unexpected.
A petition of 3000 signatures and an appeal to the NSWRL General Committee failed to reverse the original decision.
John Quayle announces his resignation as chief executive of the NSWRL and ARL.
Adelaide chairman Peter Wylie attempts to convince Sydney clubs to relocate to Adelaide in a last-ditch bid to save the Rams. The Daily Telegraph says a deal between News Limited and the ARL has been done to reduce the number of teams in the competition, with Adelaide and the Gold Coast to fold.
South Sydney chairman George Piggins says the NRL should persevere with the Adelaide Rams. “If the NRL and Super League thought started a team in South Australia was a good thing, they’d be mad to cut the legs off the Rams now,” he said. “It makes you wonder if they knew what they were doing in the first place. Did they do their homework?”
Directors of the Manly-Norths joint venture unanimously support the new name “The Northern Eagles”.
World Cup organisers announce a team of the tournament that includes only two Australians in the top 13. Winger Wendell Sailor and hooker Andrew Johns in named in the side devised by a communications company.
Great Britain follow the lead of 1990 and 1994 teams by beating Australia in the first Test of the Ashes series. Great Britain win 20-12 after 12-0 at half-time. Australian forward Jason Stevens faces disciplinary action over a stomping incident.
A last-minute try to New Zealand forward Ali Lauiti’iti allows the Kiwis to escape with a 24-20 Test win over France in Carcassonne.
Wests Tigers re-sign five-eighth Benji Marshall on a three-year deal reportedly worth $1.1 million.
New Zealand keep their hopes of qualifying for the Tri-Nations final alive with a 34-4 defeat of Great Britain in Wellington.
South Sydney announce the biggest recruitment deal in their history with the signing of Test centre Greg Inglis on a three-year deal reportedly worth $1.8 million. The contract is believed to be heavily back-ended and laced with third-property deals. Bookmakers move to install the Rabbitohs as second favourites for the premiership behind St George Illawarra as a result of the Inglis signing.
Des Hasler is officially sacked as Manly coach and former premiership-winning captain Geoff Toovey appointed in his place. Manly chairman Scott Penn insists there is strong evidence that Hasler actively attempted to poach Sea Eagles’ staff to join him at Canterbury but Hasler denies it.
In a media statement Hasler says: “The Manly board have unlawfully terminated my contract and I will be seeking further legal advice regarding my remedies in relation to that unlawful conduct.”
Former Dally M winner Ben Barba is officially released by the Broncos and only hours later he is announced as a Cronulla Shark after signing a three-year deal reportedly worth $2 million.
Scotland upset the game’s world order when they hold the game’s number one nation New Zealand to an 18-all draw at Workington. It is the first time that one of the top three nations has drawn or lost to a tier-two nation in a major tournament since 1975. New Zealand suffer a blow when five-eighth Thomas Leuluai leaves the field with a broken jaw.
Tonga cause a stunning World Cup boilover when they down New Zealand 28-22 at a sold out Waikato Stadium in Hamilton. The Tongans fight back from a 16-2 halftime deficit to win the game and ensure they will finish top of their pool. It is the first time a tier two nation has defeated a tier one rival in World Cup competition.
Ivan Cleary breaks his silence about his controversial move from Wests Tigers to Penrith, claiming that the desire to complete “unfinished business” was the prime factor in his switch. Cleary insisted he had “tried to operate honestly and transparently” in his dealings with Tigers management.
New Zealand salvage pride in the third Test against England at Elland Road with a 34-0 whitewash. St Helens winger Tommy Makinson is named player of the series.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.