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Darius Boyd
Darius Boyd (Brisbane Broncos vs. Canberra Raiders 2008).jpg
Boyd playing for the Broncos in 2008
Personal information
Full name Darius Boyd
Born 17 July 1987 (1987-07-17) (age 22)
Brisbane, Australia
Height 185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)
Playing information
Position Wing, Centre, Fullback
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2006–08 Brisbane Broncos 73 31 0 0 124
2009– St. George Illawarra 22 2 0 0 8
Total 95 33 0 0 132
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2008–09 Queensland 5 3 0 0 12
2008–09 Australia 2 1 0 0 4
Source: NRL Stats

Darius Boyd (born on 17 July 1987 in Brisbane, Queensland) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer for the St. George Illawarra Dragons of the NRL. An Australian and Queensland representative winger, centre, or most recently, fullback, he previously played for the Brisbane Broncos with whom he won the 2006 NRL Premiership.[1]

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Early career and Personal Life

Boyd was mostly raised by his grandmother, after his parents had marital problems in his early life.[2] After a watershed final year at Palm Beach Currumbin State School, where he was the Australian Schoolboys fullback in 2005, he debuted for Burleigh Bears in the Queensland Cup after playing for his local club, Mudgeeraba Redbacks. While attending Palm Beach Currumbin, Boyd played for the Australian Schoolboys team in 2005.[3]

Brisbane Broncos

Boyd made his debut for the Broncos against North Queensland in round 1 of 2006 on the wing and scored a try. He was a solid performer in his rookie season and even had an opportunity to play in his favoured fullback position from round 16 to 24 after Karmichael Hunt fractured a foot bone in round 15. Boyd was a member of the 2006 premiership-winning team and subsequently won the Broncos' rookie of the year award.

At the beginning of the 2007 season, Boyd was unable to perform to the same standard as he did throughout his rookie season. However, after being moved from the wing to the centres, Boyd began to once again perform consistently.

Boyd made a strong start to his 2008 season by scoring a hat-trick in round one. After leading the NRL try-scoring table for most of the first half of the season, Boyd got his first Queensland State of Origin call up due to teammate Justin Hodges suspension.[4] On his debut, Boyd scored two tries, both from passes from centre Greg Inglis, in a winning Queendland outfit.[2]

Boyd started to receive attention from other clubs as he was off contract at the end of the 2008 season. There was speculation that he would move to the bulldogs, alongside fellow Broncos Michael Ennis and Ben Hannant, or possibly the Dragons following his coach at Brisbane, Wayne Bennett.

On August 20 it was officially announced that Darius Boyd would join the St. George Illawarra Dragons on a 3 year deal.[5] There he would join fellow broncos Nick Emmett and coach Wayne Bennett.

On September 15 a 24 year old women lodged a formal complaint about a sexual assault two days earlier. The people alleged to be at the centre of the incident were Boyd and Brisbane Broncos team mates Karmichael Hunt and Sam Thaiday. In late October all three players were found innocent due to insufficient evidence.[6][7]

On October 16 Boyd was called up to the Australian 2008 World Cup squad, again as a replacement for Justin Hodges after Hodges was ruled out with a shoulder injury. He made his international debut during the tournament.

St. George Illawarra Dragons

Boyd was selected at fullback for the opening round of the NRL in the colours of St. George Illawarra Dragons.[8] In round four he travelled to Brisbane for his (and also Wayne Bennett's) first match against his old club, which the Dragons won, ending the Broncos' unbeaten start to the season. He has had a strong start to the season leading the tackle bust count. Boyd scored his first try in Dragons colours against the New Zealand Warriors in Round 20 of the 2009 competition, this coming off a Jamie Soward offload late in that match. His second try for the club, against the Canberra Raiders in round 23, was reminiscent of one of his two tries he scored in his Origin debut for Queensland in 2008. Despite this effort, the Dragons lost the match 24-12 after leading 12-0, ironically after Boyd's try.

He was selected for Australia in the one-off test match against New Zealand on 8 May 2009. He scored a try in his first Test Match against New Zealand and they won 38-10.[9]

In April 2009, he was named in the preliminary 25 man squad to represent Queensland in the opening State of Origin match for 2009,[10] and was subsequently picked on the wing for the opening State of Origin match.[11]

In August 2009 Boyd was criticised for addressing the media in a rude manner, giving only short sentences whilst being interviewed in the lead-up to the Dragons' round 24 clash against the Broncos, Boyd's former club. It was also almost a year since Boyd had signed with the Dragons at the time the interview was conducted.

Boyd was not selected for the Australian team for the Four Nations in 2009, with some late season poor form costing him his place on the wing in favour of Dally M medallist Jarryd Hayne. His fellow backman, Brett Morris, was however selected but only after Brisbane Broncos winger Israel Folau was ruled out through injury.

References

  1. ^ "Brisbane Broncos - Darius Boyd". Brisbane Broncos. http://broncos.com.au/index.php?page_id=individual_player&player_id=73&team_id=1. Retrieved 2008-06-03.  
  2. ^ a b "Boyd quick to show try-scoring feats". Fox Sports. 2008-06-12. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,23850457-23214,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-12.  
  3. ^ "SportingPulse Homepage for Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League". SportingPulse. http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=7-2130-0-0-0&sID=26424. Retrieved 2008-10-10.  
  4. ^ "Lockyer, Boyd in for Maroons". ABC Online. 2008-06-03. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/03/2263771.htm?section=justin. Retrieved 2008-06-03.  
  5. ^ "Broncos boss Cullen 'shocked' by Justin Hodges charge". The Courier Mail. 2008-06-03. http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/sport/nrl/story/0,26746,23799455-5016283,00.html. Retrieved 2008-06-03.  
  6. ^ Lutton, Phil (2008-09-15). "Broncos quizzed over sex assault claim". The Brisbane Times. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/league/broncos-quizzed-over-sex-assault-claim/2008/09/14/1221330642554.html. Retrieved 2008-09-22.  
  7. ^ "Star Broncos at the centre of police investigation". Herald Sun. 2008-09-16. http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/sport/nrl/story/0,27074,24351636-14823,00.html. Retrieved 2008-09-22.  
  8. ^ http://www.nrl.com/Scores/TelstraPremiership/tabid/10240/default.aspx?roundid=770&matchid=5331&defaulttab=Team%20Lists circa 13-3-09; retrieved on 27-4-09
  9. ^ Wald, Tom (2009-05-03). "Kangaroos selectors stick by losing World Cup team for New Zealand Test". Fox Sports. http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,25422175-5016947,00.html. Retrieved 2009-05-03.  
  10. ^ "Queensland name preliminary State of Origin squad". Fox Sports. 2009-04-28. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxsports.com.au%2Fstory%2F0%2C8659%2C25398645-5016947%2C00.html&date=2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-04-28.  
  11. ^ "South Sydney enforcer Michael Crocker called up for Maroons". Fox Sports. 2009-05-26. Archived from the original on 2009-05-28. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxsports.com.au%2Fstory%2F0%2C8659%2C25541806-5018993%2C00.html&date=2009-05-28. Retrieved 2009-05-28.  

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