Tom Gorman showing the full Australian uniform for the 1928 home Ashes series, which was the first time the national team wore green and gold.

On this day, future Hall of Famer Tom Gorman was born, more than 70,000 fans fill the SCG for a Test and the Magpies register their final win.

1901

Tom Gorman was born in Charters Towers. In 1929–30, he became the first Queenslander to captain a Kangaroos team, taking his men to within an inch of the Ashes and winning enormous respect for his leadership. For 12 years, he was an automatic selection in the Queensland team.

1932

A rugby league world record crowd of 70,204 turns out for the first Test between Australia and Jim Sullivan’s English tourists at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

1961

Gary Wurth was born. Mainly a fullback, he played 119 matches at three clubs (five with Canberra in 1983 before 75 at the Roosters from 1984-88 and 39 in three seasons at Newcastle) before retiring in 1991. 

1970

The first Test between Australian and Great Britain at Brisbane’s Lang Park turns into a bloody war, and although the Australians cop a belting, they take first honours in the Ashes series with a 37-15 win. Jim Morgan (smashed nose), Ron Lynch (broken jaw), John Wittenberg (knee), Billy Smith (gashed ear) and Arthur Beetson and Graeme Langlands (broken noses) all end up the worse for wear.

Cowboys hooker Rory Kostjasyn.
Cowboys hooker Rory Kostjasyn. ©Scott Davis./NRL Photos.

1989

Rory Kostjasyn was born in Sydney. The versatile hooker, who played three Tests for Ireland, made 32 first-grade appearances with Melbourne over three seasons before racking up 94 NRL matches for North Queensland from 2013-16. He signed with Newcastle but a neck injury cut his career short before he played for the Knights. 

1996

Jamayne Isaako was born in Christchurch. The Broncos winger was named Dally M rookie of the year in 2018 and made his Test debut for New Zealand in the same year.

1999

Western Suburbs record their last victory as a stand-alone premiership entity when they beat Balmain 18-12 at Campbelltown Stadium.

Trent Barrett and Brad Fittler celebrate the 2004 series win
Trent Barrett and Brad Fittler celebrate the 2004 series win ©NRL Photos

2004

Brad Fittler agrees to a request from coach Phil Gould to make himself available for selection for NSW in the second State of Origin match. Fittler had retired from representative football at the end of 2001.

2011

Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah snaps a field goal in the seventh minute of extra-time to secure a 17-16 win over Newcastle at Leichhardt Oval. Winger Lote Tuqiri injures an ankle six minutes into his comeback from a broken arm.

 

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