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December 8: Walters farewells Broncos; England upset Australia

On this day, the Bears decide to head north, England's schoolboys upset Australia's finest and Kevin Walters says farewell to the Broncos.


Denis Pittard was born. He enjoyed a lengthy first-grade career, mainly as a five-eighth, at Wests, Souths and Parramatta from 1965-75 and played five Tests for Australia.

Pittard won two Rothmans Medals - in 1969 and 1971 - during his stint at Souths, which yielded three premierships.


Ricky Walford was born. A speedy winger, he made his debut with Easts in 1982 before spending a season two years later at Norths, then joining St George for what would become a decorated stint over 12 years. He finished his career with 116 tries in 232 appearances including 104 for the Dragons.

Walford, who played one State of Origin match for NSW in 1990, was on the wing for Saints in their 1992 and 1993 grand final losses to Brisbane.

Ricky Walford representing City Origin.
Ricky Walford representing City Origin. ©NRL Photos


Retiring Australian captain Mal Meninga calls for future Kangaroo tours to retain the same format as the ‘94 tour.


North Sydney football club members vote overwhelmingly to relocate the club to the Central Coast by 1999. The move had 87 percent approval.


Brisbane's 2000 premiership-winning captain Kevin Walters agrees to terms with English club Warrington. He retired after his stint with the Wolves but then made a brief return with the Broncos at the end of the following season before finally hanging up his boots.


The Australian Schoolboys suffer a surprising 28-22 loss to the English Academy at St Helens. It is the first win by an English team over an Australian side since competition between the two nations began at schoolboy level in 1972.


Grand final referee Tim Mander announces his retirement from active refereeing after 292 premiership games.

Peta Hiku hits the ball up.
Peta Hiku hits the ball up. ©NRL Photos.


Manly’s Kiwi international Peta Hiku agrees to a three-year deal with Penrith reportedly worth more than $1 million.


NSW hooker Robbie Farah tears a biceps muscle during pre-season training with South Sydney but refuses surgery in order to take on former club Wests Tigers in the opening round of the 2017 season.


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

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