Rugby League in History

Rugby League: Rugby League World Cup

Events in Sport

  • 1904-04-05 The first international rugby league match is played between England and an Other Nationalities team (Welsh & Scottish players) in Central Park, Wigan, England.
  • 1908-04-20 Opening day of competition of the New South Wales Rugby League.

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1871-11-03 Albert Goldthorpe, English rugby league footballer
  • 1883-04-12 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1959)
  • 1889-11-23 Harry Sunderland, Australian rugby league identity (d. 1964)
  • 1891-02-23 Harold Horder, Australian Rugby League player (d. 1978)
  • 1911-03-23 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby league player
  • 1915-03-03 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur
  • 1924-06-24 Brian Bevan, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1991)
  • 1925-03-24 Puig Aubert, French rugby league footballer (d. 1994)
  • 1927-01-21 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (d. 1985)
  • 1929-02-27 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (d. 2008)
  • 1929-10-01 Ken Arthurson, Australian rugby league identity
  • 1930-05-16 Brian Davies, Brisbane, Australia, Rugby League player, (d. 2012)
  • 1934-01-12 Mick Sullivan, English rugby league footballer
  • 1934-08-06 Billy Boston, Welsh rugby league footballer
  • 1935-01-24 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (d. 2008)
  • 1939-04-12 Johnny Raper, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1939-05-12 Reg Gasnier, Australian rugby league footballer, born in Mortdale, New South Wales, (d. 2014)
  • 1942-07-12 Billy Smith, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1947-12-01 Bob Fulton, English-born Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1957-01-05 Kevin Hastings, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1959-12-01 Wally Lewis, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1961-03-27 Ellery Hanley, rugby league player
  • 1964-01-29 John Gallagher, rugby league player
  • 1967-03-26 Mark Carroll, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1968-12-07 Mark Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1969-10-20 Laurie Daley, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1971-08-10 Paul Newlove, rugby league player
  • 1973-07-27 Gorden Tallis, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1973-12-04 Steven Menzies, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1974-05-11 Stanley Gene, Papua New Guinean rugby league footballer
  • 1974-05-19 Andrew Johns, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1974-07-16 Wendell Sailor, Australian rugby league and union footballer
  • 1975-05-30 Andrew Farrell, English rugby league and union footballer
  • 1975-09-05 Matt Geyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1976-05-28 Glenn Morrison, Rugby League Player
  • 1977-03-24 Darren Lockyer, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1977-09-22 Paul Sculthorpe, English rugby league footballer
  • 1977-11-18 Trent Barrett, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1977-12-28 Shane Elford, Australian rugby league player
  • 1978-02-12 Brett Hodgson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1979-05-04 Lesley Vainikolo, Tongan born rugby union and rugby league player
  • 1979-09-26 Fuifui Moimoi, New Zealand (Tongan) rugby league footballer
  • 1979-09-27 Steve Simpson, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1979-12-08 Daniel Fitzhenry, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1980-02-29 Clinton Toopi, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1980-04-15 Willie Mason, Australian Rugby League Player
  • 1980-10-16 Timana Tahu, Australian Rugby League player
  • 1982-02-10 Iafeta Paleaaesina, New Zealand rugby league player
  • 1982-09-26 Rob Burrow, English rugby league player
  • 1982-11-24 Sean O'Loughlin, English rugby league footballer
  • 1983-11-01 Jon Wilkin, English rugby league footballer
  • 1984-01-01 Michael Witt, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1984-04-27 Daniel Holdsworth, Australian Rugby League player
  • 1985-06-12 Sam Thaiday, Australian professional rugby league player
  • 1985-08-03 Sonny Bill Williams, New Zealand rugby league footballer
  • 1986-08-23 Josh Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons
  • 1986-08-23 Brett Morris, Australian rugby league player for St. George Illawarra Dragons
  • 1987-01-15 Greg Inglis, Australian rugby league player
  • 1987-04-09 Jarrod Mullen, Australian rugby league footballer
  • 1989-04-03 Israel Falou, Australian Rugby League player

Deaths in Sport

  • 1985-08-09 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • 1994-10-17 Augustus John "Gus" Risman, rugby League Player, dies at 83
  • 1996-08-20 George Brian Snape, businessman/rugby league entrepreneur, dies at 81
  • 2006-01-03 Steve Rogers, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1954)
  • 2006-08-15 Rick Bourke, Australian rugby league player
  • 2007-11-19 Mike Gregory, English rugby league footballer, dies from progressive muscular atrophy at 43
  • 2008-03-20 Eric Ashton, English rugby league footballer (b. 1935)
  • 2008-05-09 Jack Gibson, Australian rugby league footballer and coach (b. 1929)
  • 2012-11-14 Brian Davies, Australia Rugby League player, dies at 82
  • 2013-04-04 Ian Walsh, Australian rugby league player, dies at 80
  • 2014-05-11 Reg Gasnier, Australian Hall of Fame rugby league player, dies at 74