November 30: Kangaroos win World Cup; Roberts retires

On this day, Kangaroos win the World Cup, Mitchell Pearce becomes a Knight and Cameron Smith wins the Golden Boot.

1960

Michael O'Connor was born. A skilful goal-kicking centre, he represented Australia in rugby union before switching to St George in 1983. He made 76 appearances for the Dragons before transferring to Manly where he was part of the 1987 grand final-winning team.

O'Connor captained the Sea Eagles during his stint with the club before retiring at the end of 1992. He also played 19 Origins for NSW and 18 Tests for Australia scoring 129 and 198 points respectively.

1991

Agnatius Paasi was born in Tonga. The front-rower played one match for the Warriors in 2014 before adding another 54 for the Gold Coast to his resume over the following three seasons. He returned to the Warriors in 2018, taking his career tally past the 100-game mark the next season.

1994   

Australia continue their barnstorming tour of France with a 64-9 defeat of France B at Avignon. Balmain hooker Benny Elias announces his retirement. Norths release former captain Tony Rea from the final year of his contract.

1998   

Former Kangaroo forward Ian Roberts announces his retirement.

Former Souths, Manly, North Queensland, NSW and Australian forward Ian Roberts.
Former Souths, Manly, North Queensland, NSW and Australian forward Ian Roberts. ©NRL Photos

1999   

The Northern Eagles unveil their new logo, featuring an aggressive eagle mounted on a charcoal and copper shield.

1999   

Former Sydney City coach Phil Gould tells the Federal Court that South Sydney could be competitive if they were included in the 2000 premiership.

2001   

Melbourne and New Zealand five-eighth Tasesa Lavea signs a two-year deal with the Northern Eagles.

2002   

New Zealand end their tour of the northern hemisphere with a 36-10 win over France at Perpignan.

2004   

Fullback Anthony Minichiello leads Australia onto the field against the United States in Philadelphia after winning the Harry Sunderland Medal as Australia’s best player on the Tri Nations tour. The United States put up a bold showing and lead 24-6 before going down 36-24.

The match is played on a synthetic surface over four quarters. Bulldogs players Willie Mason (foot) and Mark O’Meley (knee) emerge with injuries.

2007   

Melbourne captain Cameron Smith is awarded the Golden Boot as the best player in the world, beating a field which included Jamie Peacock and Johnathan Thurston.

2013   

Australia return the World Cup to their cabinet with a resounding 34-2 victory over New Zealand in the final.

2014   

Second-tier English outfit Leigh Centurions sign Parramatta veteran Fuifui Moimoi to a one-year contract.

Parramatta prop Fuifui Moimoi playing against Manly in 2010.
Parramatta prop Fuifui Moimoi playing against Manly in 2010. ©NRL Photos

2014   

Australia top the IRLF’s world rankings despite their loss to New Zealand in the Four Nations final. Australia are ranked first ahead of New Zealand, England, Samoa, France, Fiji, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, USA, PNG and Italy.

2015   

Former AFL Players Association deputy Ian Prendergast is appointed the new CEO of the Rugby League Players Associaiton.

2017   

After weeks of speculation, Mitchell Pearce signs a four-year, $4 million deal with the Newcastle Knights.

2017   

Jarryd Hayne informs Gold Coast Titans management that he does not intend to return to the club in 2018. Meanwhile, the Titans confirm the signing of talented Penrith forward Leilani Latu to a three-year deal.

 

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