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Former Test winger and fullback Darius Boyd

On this day, Darius Boyd is named in his first Kangaroos side, the Rabbitohs make a smart signing in Damien Cook, and two premierships winners are born.


The NSWRL opt not to admit new teams into the first grade competition for 1993, following player depth and financial concerns at a number of clubs.


Australia storm to their biggest win in 100 years of battling New Zealand, scoring 11 tries in a 58-0 victory. Kiwi centre Steve Matai is sent off for a high tackle on Australia's Mark Gasnier. Winger Israel Folau, who becomes Australia's youngest Test player at 18 years and 194 days, scores two tries on debut.


Brisbane centre Justin Hodges is ruled out of the World Cup with a shoulder injury and St George Illawarra’s Matt Cooper is also unavailable because of groin surgery. Officials rule out Penrith’s Michael Jennings, who was already preparing to play for Tonga. Manly fullback Brett Stewart is ruled out two days later with a shoulder injury. Australian selectors name Broncos pair Darius Boyd and Karmichael Hunt as the replacements. It is Boyd's first Kangaroos jersey.

Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook
Rabbitohs hooker Damien Cook ©Gregg Porteous/NRL Photos


South Sydney confirm the signing of Canterbury's stand-in hooker Damien Cook to a two-year deal, which is later extended. It turns out to be one of the Rabbitohs best buys, as three years later he earns a NSW Blues and then Test No.9 jerseys.


Test coach Mal Meninga chooses Cronulla's Valentine Holmes, Canberra's Shannon Boyd and St George Illawarra's Tyson Frizell to make their Test debuts in the historic clash against New Zealand at Perth's nib Stadium.


Birthdays: Storm premiership winner (2012) Bryan Norrie and Broncos back-to-back champion (1992-93) Julian O'Neill (1972) were born on this day.


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