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July 17: Hayne sparks Eels revival; Smith chalks up 300

On this day, Darius Boyd had his first day in the world, Jarryd Hayne ignited a big comeback win for Parramatta, while Cameron Smith celebrated his 300th game with a runaway win.


Future Kangaroos and Maroons rep Darius Boyd is born in Brisbane. Boyd has played more than 300 NRL games, debuting with the Broncos in 2006. He had stints with the Dragons (2009-11) and Knights (2012-14) before returning to the Broncos in 2015. Boyd played 28 Origin games for Queensland and represented Australia 23 times. He is a two-time premiership-winner.


Joel Edwards is born in Cessnock, NSW. Edwards played 108 games over eight seasons with the Knights, Wests Tigers and Canberra Raiders before finishing his career overseas.

Former Knights backrower Joel Edwards.
Former Knights backrower Joel Edwards. ©NRL Photos


South Sydney record their first win over the Broncos in Brisbane since 1989 when they score a record-breaking 44-12 victory at Suncorp Stadium. Referee Tony De Las Heras is carried from the field on a stretcher after being accidentally kneed in the head by Bronco forward Tonie Carroll.


A record crowd at CUA Stadium witnesses one of the games of the season as Parramatta overcome a 22-point deficit to down Penrith 34-28. Fullback Jarryd Hayne continues his return to form with a sensational 85-metre try.

Former Eels star Jarryd Hayne.
Former Eels star Jarryd Hayne. ©NRL Photos


Queensland extend their State of Origin dominance to an eighth successive season when they overpower the Blues 12-10 in an intense series decider at ANZ Stadium. Lax venue security allows a streaker to run the length of the field and interfere with play in the final minutes of the game but luckily the intrusion does not influence the outcome.


The Melbourne Storm provide a fitting celebration of captain Cameron Smith’s 300th first grade game when they crush Penrith 52-10 at AAMI Park.


This article contains information from the official records of NRL historian David Middleton.