NEWCASTLE Knights fullback Darius Boyd is expected to be reunited with Queensland back-line partner Greg Inglis during Australia’s World Cup campaign as he chases the one trophy that has eluded him.
Boyd was the only Knights player selected in the 24-man squad announced yesterday.
Back-rower Beau Scott was included in the train-on squad after Newcastle were eliminated from the NRL finals but did not make the touring party for the tournament in England and Wales.
Knights juniors Greg Bird (Titans) and Boyd Cordner (Roosters) were also selected.
Newcastle-born Bird, who hails from the West Maitland Red Dogs, is expected to add to his tally of six Test appearances at his first World Cup.
In Cordner’s case, his selection came less than 24 hours after he played in the Roosters’ 26-18 victory over Manly in the grand final on Sunday night.
The 21-year-old Old Bar Pirates product, Cronulla’s Andrew Fifita and Canberra’s Josh Papalii were the three uncapped players named for the Kangaroos, who will be captained by Melbourne and Queensland skipper Cameron Smith.
The Newcastle Herald tried to speak to Boyd about his selection but a Knights spokeswoman referred that request to Australian team management.
An Australian team spokesman said the 26-year-old Mudgeeraba Redbacks import was unavailable to speak to the media until Thursday, at the earliest, when the team assembles in Sydney for a half-day camp and lunch with the 1963 Kangaroos.
Boyd has won two premierships with the Broncos and Dragons, including the 2010 Churchill Medal, has played in the past six of Queensland’s eight straight Origin series wins, and was a member of Australia’s triumphant Four Nations squad in 2011, but is yet to win a World Cup.
He made his Test debut on the wing in Australia’s 46-6 victory over Papua New Guinea in Townsville in his only appearance at the 2008 Centenary World Cup. New Zealand upset Australia 34-20 at Suncorp Stadium in the final of that tournament.
Boyd has played 11 Tests and 17 State of Origin games, mostly on the left wing outside Inglis.
The Kangaroos will train at Jubilee Oval on Sunday then leave for England on Monday.
Australia will kick off the tournament against co-host nation England at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on October26, then complete their pool matches against Fiji at St Helens on November2, and Ireland at Limerick on November9.
The Knights did not have a player named in the Junior Kangaroos to play the Junior Kiwis at Jubilee Oval on Sunday but 19-year-old Wellington-born back-rower Joseph Tapine was included for the Junior Kiwis.
Darius Boyd in action against the Storm in September.
The World Cup will be held in the UK and Ireland from October 26.
Australian squad:Greg Bird, Darius Boyd, Daly Cherry-Evans, Boyd Cordner, Cooper Cronk, Robbie Farah, Andrew Fifita, Paul Gallen, Jarryd Hayne, Greg Inglis, Michael Jennings, Luke Lewis, Brett Morris, Josh Morris, Nate Myles, Josh Papalii, Corey Parker, Matt Scott, Billy Slater, Cameron Smith (capt), James Tamou, Brent Tate, Sam Thaiday, Jonathan Thurston.