MAL Meninga brought down the curtain on his amazing playing career by leading the Kangaroos to a then world record 74-0 Test win over France in the final match of the northern hemisphere tour.
Meninga scored a try, but left the goal kicking role to Rod Wishart who was successful with 11 of his 13 shots at Beziers, traditionally a rugby union stronghold.
While the crowd of 7,000 deplored the fact the French capitulated so meekly, they also showed their appreciation for the Australians, who were determined to send Meninga out on the highest note possible.
Andrew Ettingshausen scored three tries for the Aussies while Brett Mullins and Steve Renouf each grabbed a brace.
One of France’s best was fiery hooker, Mathieu Khemedi, who had terrorised Queensland Residents in 1989 playing for Rousillon Province.
The Test marked the 21st birthday of Australian forward, Steve Menzies, who was toasted with Moet and Chandon.
Brad Fittler and Glenn Lazarus tied for the player of the tour award.
The following year Lazarus and Fittler were in opposing ‘camps’ – Fittler with the ARL and Lazarus with News Corp, as the Super League war broke out. Happy days.