Darius: The Great or The Dropkick

337 NRL games, 28 Origin games for Queensland, 23 tests for Australia, 2 premierships, surely he would be revered as an all time great?

Alternatively he club hopped to strong clubs, only wanted to play for one coach, caught the ball on the wing outside future immortal Greg Inglis to score all his rep tries, treats the media with distain and played three seasons too long.

Which side are you on?!

Darius the Great

Debuted as an 18-year old on the wing for the Broncos and they went on to win the premiership that year. In his third season he broke into the rep arena for both Queensland and Australia. He would be a mainstay for both teams over the next decade and holds the illustrious record of having played the most games for Australia without a loss (23). 9 of 10 series wins for Queensland with 17 tries (2nd only to Inglis with 18) before retiring from representative honours in 2017 to focus on club football.

After three seasons for the Broncos, Boyd followed his father figure Wayne Bennett to the Dragons where he switched to fullback. In 2010 her was superb, winning his 2nd premiership. When his three year deal ended he went to Newcastle for another three seasons where they made the prelim finals before following Bennett back to the Broncos, the 4th time the pair had been together and it was JT's magic that denied him a 3rd premiership. As a fullback sweeping behind the attacking line Boyd often threw the crucial linking pass that lead to tries.

Darius the Dropkick

Finishing tries in the rep arena was not that hard when the hard work was done by a legendary spine of Lockyer/Cronk, Smith, Thurston, Slater and of course Inglis at centre. Boyd just had to catch the ball and dive over in the corner for most of his tries. While he was considered a gun fullback, there was always many arguably better than him: Slater, Inglis, Anthony Minichiello and Brett Stewart were all in their prime and were much better players. Later in his career James Tedesco, RTS and Tommy Turbo would all surpass him too.

Being in front the media can be difficult, but it was his arrogant short answers (imitating mentor Wayne Bennet) that were infuriating to fans. Handed the captaincy of the Broncos late in his career, only for new coach Anthony Seibold to strip him of this position. Over his final few seasons, on big dollars, Boyd looked disinterested. He often 'slipped over' with some embarrassing one-on-one defence and refusing to put his body on the line.

The final insult to fans was rather than be remorseful that the Broncos had just collected their first ever wooden spoon, Darius Boyd thought it appropriate to do a very public baby gender reveal that sent his team mates into raptures - celebrating like they'd just won the premiership. Fantastic that you're a proud dad Darius, but there is a time and place to do it and this was not it. Do a lap of honour one last time and thank the fans for sticking by you and the struggling Broncos.

That would have been enough.

So which team are you on? Darius should be remembered as a great or is he a dropkick?


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