Queensland winger Darius Boyd didn’t attend the team media session on Wednesday, but teammate Daly Cherry-Evans insists all is well with Boyd.
Not even breaking Darius Boyd’s heart with a match-winning effort could earn Manly’s Daly Cherry-Evans the silent treatment from the Newcastle fullback.
However, reporters weren’t so lucky when the notoriously media-shy Boyd arrived at the Queensland State of Origin team hotel with Cherry-Evans.
There was potential for an awkward trip when Cherry-Evans and Maroons teammate Boyd took their seats for the Brisbane-bound flight in Sydney on Tuesday.
Cherry-Evans was still buzzing from landing a stunning 40m field goal that sealed Manly’s 15-14 NRL win over the luckless Knights at Brookvale on Monday night.
And Boyd was shattered after the Cherry-Evans-inspired loss added to a second-last Newcastle’s nightmare year.
But Cherry-Evans claimed Boyd did not hold a grudge as they prepared to mingle with their Queensland teammates.
“Darius took it pretty sweetly. Once we shook hands at the end of the game it was like any other football encounter, it ended there,” he said.
The Brisbane media did not get off so lightly.
Boyd was the only player who did not attend the Queensland squad’s media session.
Even 18th man Will Chambers and No.19 Jake Friend arrived, despite knowing they would not be in great demand during the hour-long session, as was the case.
“Darius doesn’t really want to talk to the media and I am sure you guys don’t really want to talk to him,” a QRL media spokesman said when he briefed reporters before the session.
To his credit, the QRL media man still said he would take requests for Boyd interviews.
The only insight Boyd gave was via the Newcastle Knights website on Tuesday, urging his NRL team to hang tough during their on and off field troubles.
Besides their luckless form, Nathan Tinkler’s three-year ownership of Newcastle is under a cloud after he failed to pay the wages of several staff last week, reportedly including Boyd and coach Wayne Bennett.
“We had a few meetings through the week and we talked about a lot of things,” Boyd said on the Knights website.
“It’s been tough.
“We’ve had a few different circumstances this year, but we need to stick together as a team and just do our best and do it for the fans and everyone that supports us.”
Boyd’s relationship with the media has never been the same since his now infamous 2009 “interview” which lasted just 42 seconds before reporters gave up.
His one word answers finally prompted one TV journalist to ask “are you fair dinkum” before pulling the pin.
Thankfully for Boyd he has had no such dramas in the Queensland camp.
Loyalty ensured 17 Origin-game veteran Boyd was again welcomed with open arms by Queensland despite amassing one try, two line breaks and five errors in seven NRL games this year.