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Ben Horne 25/04/2011 08:24:24 PM Comments (0)

In-form St George Illawarra fullback Darius Boyd is out of contention for the mid-year Test, after injuring his hamstring in the Dragons' 24-10 Anzac Day win over the Sydney Roosters.

Despite going off in the 61st minute, Boyd was still presented with the player of the match medal in the prestigious game honouring Australia and New Zealand's service people.

His influence on the Dragons this season has been immense, and if fit, would have been difficult to leave out of the Kangaroos side which will be picked this coming Sunday, for the match against the Kiwis on May 6.

Boyd will get scans on the damage to his left hamstring on Monday, but coach Wayne Bennett said his star No.1 was no chance of lining up for Australia.

Interestingly, Boyd said he wasn't expecting to get picked anyway, after being overlooked for Lote Tuqiri in Tim Sheens' first-string Australian Four Nations team last year.

"It's not something I'm really concentrating on. If it happens it happens," said Boyd, who scored shortly after halftime and is expected to miss at least three weeks.

"It's one of those things I suppose. We'll just have to see how it pulls up tomorrow.

"Origin is a big priority for me especially. I just want to get back on the field as soon as I can.

"I'll have to work hard at it."

Boyd's whereabouts next season has been a big discussion point, but the 23-year-old said he was no closer to deciding whether to follow Bennett to Newcastle, stay at the Dragons, or venture to another new club.

Jason Nightingale, Kyle Stanley and Bronx Goodwin will all come into contention for Boyd's fullback spot, with winger Brett Morris admitting the Queensland star leaves a big hole.

"It's a shame, he's been playing really good footy," Morris said.

"I think it's the best we've seen him play as a whole over the past couple of weeks, so it's a shame for him, but we'll wait and see what the scans show and see how we go from there."

AAP bh/ash/gc By Ben Horne

SYDNEY, April 25 AAP - In-form St George Illawarra fullback Darius Boyd is out of contention for the mid-year Test, after injuring his hamstring in the Dragons' 24-10 Anzac Day win over the Sydney Roosters.

Despite going off in the 61st minute, Boyd was still presented with the player of the match medal in the prestigious game honouring Australia and New Zealand's service people.

His influence on the Dragons this season has been immense, and if fit, would have been difficult to leave out of the Kangaroos side which will be picked this coming Sunday, for the match against the Kiwis on May 6.

Boyd will get scans on the damage to his left hamstring on Monday, but coach Wayne Bennett said his star No.1 was no chance of lining up for Australia.

Interestingly, Boyd said he wasn't expecting to get picked anyway, after being overlooked for Lote Tuqiri in Tim Sheens' first-string Australian Four Nations team last year.

"It's not something I'm really concentrating on. If it happens it happens," said Boyd, who scored shortly after halftime and is expected to miss at least three weeks.

"It's one of those things I suppose. We'll just have to see how it pulls up tomorrow.

"Origin is a big priority for me especially. I just want to get back on the field as soon as I can.

"I'll have to work hard at it."

Boyd's whereabouts next season has been a big discussion point, but the 23-year-old said he was no closer to deciding whether to follow Bennett to Newcastle, stay at the Dragons, or venture to another new club.

Jason Nightingale, Kyle Stanley and Bronx Goodwin will all come into contention for Boyd's fullback spot, with winger Brett Morris admitting the Queensland star leaves a big hole.

"It's a shame, he's been playing really good footy," Morris said.

"I think it's the best we've seen him play as a whole over the past couple of weeks, so it's a shame for him, but we'll wait and see what the scans show and see how we go from there."

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