Wynnum-Manly star, Wally Lewis was named captain of the Oceania team to play Europe in Paris in a match to mark the 50th anniversary of rugby league in France.
Kiwi, Mark Graham was vice captain, with his club, North Sydney’s selfish objections to his selection, over ruled by the International Federation.
France’s 13 man code debut took place on March 17, 1934 when a French selection played a North of England selection at Warrington, with the Poms winning 32-16. All the French players were former rugby union stars.
On the Brisbane club front, Brothers’ captain, Pat Shepherdson’s career almost came to a premature end when he required 30 stitches following a chain saw accident.
Shepherdson was clearing branches from power lines at Burleigh Heads when a workmate’s chain saw jammed in a tree, broke free and ripped into him.
‘Shep’ went on to lead Brothers to a 34-0 win over premiers, Easts at Corbett Park in round 1 of the ’84 Woolies pre-season with Joe Kilroy and Brett Ferguson each scoring two tries.
- Former state fullback, Alan Mills announced his retirement after playing the pre-season with Norths.
- In Sydney, Penrith cut former Wallaby, Tony D’Arcy after the giant prop failed to adapt to the pace of league.
- The Oceania squad was: Wally Lewis, Gene Miles, Craig Young, Ray Price, Steve Mortimer, Wayne Pearce, Kerry Boustead (Australia); Mark Graham, Robin Alfeld, Dean Bell, Gary Prohm, Hugh McGahan, Kevin and Howie Tamati (New Zealand); David Norfa, Ekin Togila (Papua New Guinea). Coach, Graham Lowe (New Zealand).