At the NZRU Management Committee meeting of March 17, 1926 (as reported in Wellington Evening Post, March 18, 1926)
"I think it would be a very gracious act to give caps to these old players," remarked Mr S.S. Dean (chairman) at last night's meeting of the New Zealand Rugby Union, when notice of the committee was called to the fact that there were in Auckland at present two members of the 1884 New Zealand Rugby team, who had not received representative caps. The speaker added that all players who had represented New Zealand, the members of the 1884 and 1893 teams excepted, had received caps. It was desired that the cap should be awarded to every man who had represented the Dominion and the committee decided to grant caps to D. Ryan, T.B. O'Connor and other members of the 1884 team and of the 1893 team.