BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 16: Darius Boyd passes during a Queensland Maroons State of Origin training session at Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove Resort on June 16, 2017 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Queensland legend Mal Meninga is pushing for Broncos skipper Darius Boyd to come out of Origin retirement and don the Maroons jumper this season.

Meninga believes that Boyd still belongs on the representative stage, particularly to a Queensland team in need of leadership.

“Darius has a lot to offer,” Meninga told the Former Origin Greats website.

“He is his own man, which I admire, and he made the decision to retire on his terms.

“I guess Darius will have to make that decision if he’s available again but he wouldn’t look out of place in an Origin jersey, that’s for sure.”

Reeling from the losses of Billy Slater and Valentine Holmes, the Maroons will be keen to avenge their 2-1 series loss to New South Wales last year.

Boyd would serve as the ideal fullback or winger for Kevin Walters’ team, having reportedly overcome his history of hamstring issues.

The 32-year old recently stated he is “back in love” with the game after training the house down over the pre-season at Brisbane.

Boyd has appeared in a total of 28 Origin games while scoring 17 tries, just one short of Greg Inglis’ record.


  1. As Gus would say, no no no no no!! Was pretty much just plain awful last season and was terrible in the trial against the GC on the weekend. My opinion is he should not even be in the Broncos side at the moment (at least not at fullback) so there is no way he should be selected for QLD even if available. Time catches up with everyone at some point and I think his last really good season was in 2010 with the Dragons. Time to move on, select and stick with a younger player like Ponga.

    • Unfortunately Kev, I don’t think you need Darius in the QLD side to have a better chance of a whitewash, as I believe NSW have a better side and better depth than QLD at the moment.

  2. Bennett’s love child Darius the Persian is just like his dad. over the hill and washed up, they have both seen much better days. Looks like to me they are like father like son and this season will expose them both for going a second season to long.🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡pair of CLOWNS.😁😂🤣😆

    • Would be a good idea if Big Mal spoke to his dad first and got a signed permission note of WB first.Not really fare talking to the kid first.Be heartbroken if dad says his not aloud on the footy camp

  3. Boyd’s ok he dose what’s needed of him he’s save an consistent so if needed y not . who in a ORIGIN jersey scored more then 17 trys in there origin career, only inglis .

    Look us Queenslanders have 9 YEARS IN A ROW up our sleeves b4 we need to worry.
    NSW has a long way 2go like 8 more years , if u’s can stop all of your players rap###g women.
    But yea Qld sweet as. But yea need to do something cause Origin has become pretty boring up here so lets hope use have a team that got more then 1 series in them .

  4. Horrible idea has always been everage at nrl level and only getting worse now there are errors creeping into his game. Obviously there is a major depth issue in turns of origin ready qld talent but he should only get the call as a last resort.


    1. Ponga
    2. Gagai
    3. Chambers
    4. Ingles
    5. Oates
    6. Munster
    7. Morgan
    8. Napa
    9. Friend
    10. Wallace
    11. Gillett
    12. Kaufusi
    13. McGuire
    14. Hunt
    15. Hess
    16. Arrow
    17. Papalii
    18. Ofahengaue

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