Darius' Centre Days

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Updated: June 19, 2017

DARIUS Boyd was the instigator for his move to the centres for Queensland and his early history at the Broncos backs that confidence up.

His selection as the Maroons’ left centre for Wednesday night’s must-win Origin encounter in Sydney was viewed as a surprise.

There has been plenty of talk about Boyd having experience there as a junior but there was actually a time in his NRL career when he played more centre than anything else.

But for the two years at the Broncos before Boyd left for the Dragons, he regularly played in the position.

Boyd will send himself back in a time warp when he runs out in the number three jersey for the Maroons.

In 2008-09, Boyd played 21 of 46 games at centre for the Broncos.

During the same period, he only started 16 matches on the wing and nine at fullback.

Those numbers alone suggest that at one time Boyd was more a centre than anything else.

Queensland coach Kevin Walters said Boyd’s class and demeanour was the key to him being able to switch positions successfully.

“He is a very patient player, very calm and reliable,” said Walters.

“Those are all the good attributes for a player that can play in multiple positions.”

Walters said Boyd had sought the position when changes needed to be made.

“He wants to play there,” Walters said.

“We had a discussion around that last week and how comfortable he’d be and he was all over it.

“He’s very confident about what he can bring there. What’s best for the team is that he plays at left centre.

“But he’s played a lot of football there coming through the grades. Now he gets his opportunity for Queensland.”

Source: http://www.broncos.com.au/news/2017/06/19/darius_centre_days.html





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