On this day, the Rabbitohs rally to be readmitted, Wendell Sailor signs off and Shayne Hayne hangs up his whistle.
ARL boss Ken Arthurson says inner-Sydney clubs won’t be forced into amalgamations.
Super League’s world board chairman Maurice Lindsay offers to stand down if it will help bring about peace in the conflict between the ARL and Super League.
Souths accuse the NRL of dirty tactics by releasing their 14-team draw for 2000 on the same day the Rabbitohs launched Federal Court action for being excluded from the competition.
North Sydney Leagues Club boss Jim Henry threatens to withdraw $12 million in funding to the Northern Eagles, unless the club’s name is changed.
A crowd estimated by police at 80,000 turns out in a massive showing of support for South Sydney. A street rally begins at Redfern and winds its way to the Sydney Town Hall.
Australia advance to the semi-finals of the World Cup with an effortless 66-10 victory over Samoa at Watford.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Parramatta chief executive Denis Fitzgerald has predicted that Manly, Souths and Melbourne will be axed from the premiership within five years and replaced by teams from the Central Coast and New Zealand. Former Manly boss Ken Arthurson responds to the forecast, saying "in a democratic society, even the world’s biggest dope is entitled to an opinion". Melbourne executive director John Ribot demands that Fitzgerald be sacked from a prominent NRL policy committee.
New recruit Bryan Fletcher is officially appointed captain of South Sydney for 2003.
Manly forward Solomon Haumono signs a three-year-deal to play with the London Broncos.
Great Britain halfback Paul Deacon suffers horrific facial injuries after a high tackle by New Zealand five-eighth Nigel Vagana. Great Britain play their way back into the Tri-Nations tournament with a 38-12 victory. Vagana is later cited but receives only a one-match suspension and a ₤500 fine. The decision sparks outrage after Deacon’s injuries are compared with a car accident victim.
Australia make easy work of France in a Test at Perpignan, winning 44-12.
Melbourne winger Steve Turner says he is facing the prospect of sitting out of the game for three years if the Gold Coast Titans prevent him from rejoining the Storm in 2007.
ARL CEO Geoff Carr comes under fire after The Sun-Herald claims Carr knew that Nathan Fien was ineligible to play for the Kiwis two days before he made his debut for New Zealand. ARL chairman Colin Love accuses the NZRL of attempting to “absolve themselves of responsibility” by blaming the ARL.
Melbourne lock Dallas Johnson signs a three-year deal with French Super League club Catalans.
Veteran winger Wendell Sailor announces his retirement from the game. “I retire a contented man,” he said.
Des Hasler drops the threat of legal action against Manly and is immediately announced as coach of Canterbury in 2012. Interim Bulldogs coach Jim Dymock agrees to step aside to take up an assistant coaching role.
England down New Zealand 28-6 at Hull to confirm their place in the Four Nations final against Australia. New Zealand hooker Issac Luke is cited for an ugly leg-twisting tackle on English halfback Rangi Chase and is suspended for two games.
Long-serving referee Shayne Hayne announces his retirement after 328 NRL games and 14 State of Origin games.
This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.