82. Kerry Boustead

Kerry Boustead came from a working family at Innisfail in Queensland. Small but compact and lion-hearted, he had electrifying speed. He and Eric Grothe stood out as the finest wingers of the early 1980s.

Boustead had so impressed in the 1978 interstate series that he was the only Queensland-based player in Australia's starting XIII for that season's first Test against New Zealand.

At 18 years, 316 days, he became the second youngest Australian Test cap (''Chook'' Fraser was 18 years, 301 days young when he played against England in 1911), and the youngest to play a Test for Australia on home soil. Sione Mata'utia and Israel Folau have both since beaten the mark.

Boustead scored one try on his Test debut, two tries in the second Test and another in the third.

Boustead played in all five Tests on the 1978 Kangaroo tour, before moving to Easts in Sydney. Some wondered if his size would be against him, but he played successfully not just on the wing but in a variety of positions in the backline, including in the centres in the 1980 grand final.

A member of Queensland's first Origin team, he was a regular in interstate and Test football until 1984. Boustead made a second Kangaroo tour in 1982, and then followed his Roosters' coach Bob Fulton to Manly, where he stayed until 1986.

Position: Winger.

Clubs: Southern Suburbs, Innisfail 1977–78; Eastern Suburbs 1979–82; Manly 1983–85; Hull Kingston Rovers 1986–87; North Sydney 1988–90.

Games for NSW: Six (1979–81).

Games for Queensland: Nine (1978–84; includes six State of Origins 1980–84).

Tests for Australia: 25 (1978–84).

Representative landmarks: Kangaroo tours 1978, 1982; Australian tour of New Zealand 1980.