The 'funny' Darius Boyd snub one NRL great 'can't believe'

Andrew Reid
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Pictured here, Darius Boyd looks dejected during an NRL match for the Broncos.
NRL great Paul Gallen insists the Broncos should return Darius Boyd to fullback. Pic: Getty

With his team third-last on the ladder and reportedly needing to win five out of the remaining 10 games to save his job, Anthony Seibold is ringing the changes.

The Brisbane coach's hand has been forced somewhat, with injuries to Corey Oates and incumbent fullback Tesi Niu, he suspension of veteran hooker Issac Luke (dangerous throw), and the death of Jamayne Isaako's father leaving the Broncos scrambling to name 21 fit players for Friday night's Storm clash.

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Rather than shift Darius Boyd back to fullback - a position where he has excelled over the course of a glittering career - Seibold has decided to shift five-eighth Anthony Milford to the position.

It's a move NRL legend Paul Gallen simply can't fathom.

“The first thing I’d do is put Darius Boyd back to fullback,” Gallen said on Nine’s 100% Footy.

“It sounds funny but fullback’s your first line of defence. When you’re a middle forward and you run back (in defence), you look at the fullback to tell you where to go. He tells you where to go.

“Darius Boyd’s sitting out in the centres doing absolutely nothing for this team at all. He’s the most senior play in that side, surely he’s got to be moved back to fullback.

“And that’s got to be a coach’s decision, doesn’t it? Surely.”

The Broncos look set to be boosted by the return of Kotoni Staggs (hamstring) and Herbie Farnworth (cork) at centre and on the wing respectively.

However, with such a considerable shake-up in their backline, Gallen and colleague Phil Gould argue that Boyd's communication and organisational qualities make him the ideal man to provide stability at the back.

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“Since he (Boyd) went to the centres their whole defensive resolve has fallen apart,” Gould said.

“In his day … he was one of the best defensive fullbacks in the competition and one of the best organisers. In fact, other clubs modelled their fullback on what Darius Boyd was doing in defence.

“To have an experienced voice at the back that actually gets people in position … all the things that a good fullback does can help those young fellas get a better defensive effort from where they are.”

Both men argued that Milford was not the right man to play fullback for the Broncos, with Gould accusing Seibold of “making change for change’s sake”.

Hooker Jake Turpin (broken leg) could also be named on the bench as back-up for Cory Paix, who looks set to be the starting rake against Melbourne.

Last round's 48-0 debacle against the Wests Tigers marked the struggling Broncos' seventh loss in eight games.

Club great takes aim at senior players

Brisbane legend Brent Tate admitted he couldn't sit through the defeat, saying senior players like Darius Boyd and Anthony Milford looked like they didn't care.

Pictured here, Anthony Milfiord is set to play at fullback for the struggling Broncos.
Anthony Milfiord is another misfiring Broncos star who is under pressure to perform. Pic: Getty

Tate became the latest club legend to take aim at the players, before Broncos chairman Karl Morris and CEO Paul White were due to meet with frustrated shareholders on Tuesday.

Shareholders are expected to demand answers from Morris and White over the club's recruitment policy amid reports under-fire coach Anthony Seibold has been given an ultimatum to win five of their remaining 10 games to save his job.

But Tate on Tuesday pointed the finger at the Broncos' senior players, saying it was up to them to reverse the team's fortunes ahead of a daunting clash with heavyweights Melbourne on Friday.

"They're just completely helpless at the moment. The senior guys aren't sticking their hand up and showing the way when they really need to," he said.

"Some of the efforts those guys are showing, they just don't care at the moment.

"Guys like Darius and Anthony Milford should be at the front saying 'boys ... follow us'.

"But I saw some of their interviews after their game (against Tigers) and even the language they speak, I have to question the care factor."

with AAP