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October 9: Australia win World Cup; Brigginshaw gets top job

On this day, Australia win the World Cup and Manly members vote to merge with North Sydney.


The first Test between Australia and Great Britain at Headingley is one for the true believers. Twelve tries are scored in the Test, won 23-21 by the home side. Historian Robert Gate describes the Test as "an extravaganza of entertainment, a game which broke the mould as far as Test football was concerned."


Australia defeat New Zealand 25-12 in the final of the World Cup in front of 47,000 fans at Eden Park, Auckland. Allan Langers scores twice, with Gavin Miller and Dale Shearer also crossing.


Manly members vote to form a joint venture with North Sydney. The Northern Eagles were born. The club finished ninth, 10th and eighth in three seasons before the return of Manly as a sole entity in 2003.


Nathan Brown is appointed coach of St George Illawarra, replacing Andrew Farrar, who is sacked with a year remaining on his contract. Laurie Daley and David Barnhill are appointed as assistants.

Craig Bellamy.
Craig Bellamy. ©Grant Trouville/NRL Photos


Melbourne's premiership-winning coach Craig Bellamy is appointed NSW State of Origin coach for 2008. Bellamy would coach the Blues for three years for a 2-7 record.


Huge crowds turn out in central Sydney as the Rabbitohs are handed the keys to the city in an official celebration at Sydney Town Hall. The Rabbitohs had won their first grand final in 43 years on the previous Sunday.


Brisbane halfback Ali Brigginshaw is appointed Jillaroos captain after fullback Sam Bremner is ruled out of the Test against the Kiwi Ferns with a toe injury.