On this day, Kangaroos win the World Cup, Mitchell Pearce becomes a Knight and Cameron Smith wins the Golden Boot.
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.
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.
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.
Former Kangaroo forward Ian Roberts announces his retirement.
The Northern Eagles unveil their new logo, featuring an aggressive eagle mounted on a charcoal and copper shield.
Former Sydney City coach Phil Gould tells the Federal Court that South Sydney could be competitive if they were included in the 2000 premiership.
Melbourne and New Zealand five-eighth Tasesa Lavea signs a two-year deal with the Northern Eagles.
New Zealand end their tour of the northern hemisphere with a 36-10 win over France at Perpignan.
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.
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.
Australia return the World Cup to their cabinet with a resounding 34-2 victory over New Zealand in the final.
Second-tier English outfit Leigh Centurions sign Parramatta veteran Fuifui Moimoi to a one-year contract.
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.
Former AFL Players Association deputy Ian Prendergast is appointed the new CEO of the Rugby League Players Associaiton.
After weeks of speculation, Mitchell Pearce signs a four-year, $4 million deal with the Newcastle Knights.
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.