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The Weeks That Made Us | April 6

Here's a glance at how this week in history looked for the Sydney Roosters over the last three decades.

April 6

2001: The Sydney Roosters re-sign coach Graham Murray until the end of the 2003 season.

Graham Murray at the NRL Grand Final breakfast in 2000.
Graham Murray at the NRL Grand Final breakfast in 2000.

2003: Friction between Cronulla coach Chris Anderson and Sydney Roosters coach Ricky Stuart continues after a provocative article, written by Anderson, is published in the Sunday Telegraph. Stuart has the last laugh when the Roosters score an emphatic 40-20 victory at Toyota Park.

Todd Byrne crosses the stripe against the Sharks.
Todd Byrne crosses the stripe against the Sharks.

April 7

2002: Sydney Roosters centre Ryan Cross suffers medial and cruciate ligament damage in his team’s 28-22 loss to the Northern Eagles at Brookvale Oval.

Ryan Cross taking it to the line against the Rabbitohs in 2002.
Ryan Cross taking it to the line against the Rabbitohs in 2002.

2017: The Sydney Roosters appoint Joe Kelly as the club’s new CEO.

April 8

1991: Terry Hill signs a three-year contract with Eastern Suburbs.

Terry Hill at full time against the Magpies.
Terry Hill at full time against the Magpies.

2008: Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello is advised to stand down with the recurrence of a back injury that had limited him to 20 NRL games since 2005.

2016: A stunning 80-minute performance by Sydney Roosters’ prop Dylan Napa is hailed as one of the finest front-rower’s displays in years as he leads the Roosters to their first win of the season – a 17-10 defeat of South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

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April 9

1993: Souths and Easts play the first match on Good Friday at the Sydney Football Stadium.

2002: Roosters’ coach Ricky Stuart describes his team’s injury crisis as ‘the most horrific injury toll suffered by the club in its 95-year history’. Stuart expected 15 players to be unavailable for his team’s next match.

Ricky Stuart coached the Sydney Roosters for five seasons.
Ricky Stuart coached the Sydney Roosters for five seasons.

April 10

2000: Sydney Roosters fullback Richie Barnett is named captain of New Zealand’s team for the Anzac Test.

Richie Barnett takes a hit-up against the Dragons in 2000.
Richie Barnett takes a hit-up against the Dragons in 2000.

April 11

1999: The Sun Herald reports that Manly are pushing for a joint venture with Sydney City.

2002: Sydney Roosters utility Craig Wing re-signs with the club for a further three seasons.

Craig Wing played eight seasons with the Sydney Roosters.
Craig Wing played eight seasons with the Sydney Roosters.

2012: Sydney Roosters forward Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ignores interest from rival NRL clubs and Waratahs Super 15 rugby franchise to re-sign with the club until the end of 2015.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves runs at Kevin Proctor against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park in 2012.
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves runs at Kevin Proctor against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park in 2012.

2016: The three major tenants of Allianz Stadium, the Sydney Roosters, the NSW Waratahs and Sydney FC issue a joint statement to reject plans to bulldoze the venue in favour of a new $1 billion facility at Moore Park.

2016: The Sydney Roosters re-sign back-rower Isaac Liu until the end of the 2018 season.

Isaac Liu is now one of the veteran forwards at the Sydney Roosters.
Isaac Liu is now one of the veteran forwards at the Sydney Roosters.

April 12

2007: Rookie halfback Mitchell Pearce re-signs with the Sydney Roosters until the end of the 2010 season.

Mitchell Pearce played most of his rookie year in 2007.
Mitchell Pearce played most of his rookie year in 2007.

2012: The Sydney Morning Herald reports that powerful Sydney clubs Sydney Roosters, St George Illawarra, Canterbury, Wests Tigers and South Sydney have formed a coalition to “combine ideas and resources to raise attendances and ensure they are more financially viable into the future”.

2013: In his first encounter with Canterbury since he walked out on the club in 2008, Sonny Bill Williams helps guide the Sydney Roosters to a commanding 38-0 victory at Allianz Stadium. Williams throws a sublime pass for the first try and scores two himself as the Roosters consign the 2012 grand finalists to a 1-5 record.