On this day, 'The King' is cast in bronze, NSW extracts revenge in Origin, injury ends Ricky Stuart's glittering career and champion playmaker Cooper Cronk announces his retirement.
A statue of Wally Lewis is unveiled at Lang Park before the second State of Origin match. A field goal to Lewis' old mate Allan Langer, 66 seconds from full-time, gives the Maroons a 5-4 victory. Bob Lindner is named man of the match.
NSW dominate Queensland in the first match of the 1996 Origin series to win 14-6 at Suncorp Stadium. This was after the Maroons had secured a clean sweep in the 1995 series. The Blues returned the favour to go on and win the 1996 series 3-0.
A torn cruciate ligament ends the career of Bulldogs halfback Ricky Stuart. In a stellar career that began at Canberra in 1988, Stuart played 243 games and won three premierships with the Raiders.
Rookie South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds kicks the Rabbitohs to a 19-18 golden point victory over St George Illawarra at WIN Jubilee Oval in round 11. He actually scored 11 of his side's 19 points with his maiden NRL try, three goals and the field goal. Reynolds went on to win the Dally M Rookie of the Year award that September.
Arch-rivals Melbourne and Manly fight out the first draw of the season after 10 minutes of extra-time fails to break a 10-all deadlock. The results re-ignites debate over the future of golden point extra-time with leading commentators Phil Gould and Peter Sterling calling for its abolition during the regular season.
Cowboys superstar Johnathan Thurston repeats his 2015 grand final heroics by nailing a match-winning field goal to sink rivals Brisbane 19-18 in another epic derby clash. A crowd of 25,163 attends the match at 1300Smiles Stadium.
St George Illawarra fullback Josh Dugan signs a four-year, $3 million deal with Cronulla.
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This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.