Graeme Langlands was still in the prime of his career even as the lights began to dim on St George's run of 11 straight premierships.
Australia will be remembering past events during 2018, from the centenary of the Armistice in WWI to twenty years since National Sorry Day.
Beating England to regain the top spot on the medal tally is priority number one for Australia at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
The culling of the Western Force should lead to improvements across the board from the four remaining Australian Super Rugby teams, according to Julian Savea.
Australia will be facing some thorny sporting issues in 2018, including how well the national teams will fare at two sets of Games.
St George Illawarra prop Paul Vaughan says his stellar 2017 NRL season will mean nothing if he doesn't take his game to the next level in 2018.
Former New Zealand rugby league star Jarrod McCracken has appeared in a Queensland court for allegedly travelling overseas while bankrupt.
A former children's rugby league coach, who is already in prison, has been accused of historical sex abuse offences against three boys at his Perth home.
Former NRL forward Dave Taylor has departed the Toronto Wolfpack without playing a game for the North American expansion franchise.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is wrapping up his 16 hour whirlwind visit to Tokyo, trumpeting closer defence ties and trade optimism.
Australian iron ore will be used in the steel stadiums Japan builds when it hosts the Rugby World Cup and Olympic Games in coming years.
Eddie Jones says he is 'delighted' to remain England coach until 2021 after extending his deal until after next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Queensland Reds veteran and former Wallaby George Smith has denied refusing to pay a cab fare, fleeing and then punching the taxi driver in Japan.
Australia's men's sevens coach Andy Friend says Ed Jenkins' forced retirement is a major blow ahead of a crucial year for the side.
Australian allrounder Ashleigh Gardner admits a third concussion in a year had rocked her before being forced to sit out two WBBL matches for the Sydney Sixers.
Buoyed by a raft of changes, the NSW Waratahs are looking forward to a much improved 2018 Super Rugby campaign after winning just four games last year.