Season Review: Shannon Boyd
Five Key Stats
Games | 26
Tries | 2
Hit-ups | 202
Run Metres | 2,332
Tackles | 562
Best Match of the Season
Round 8 | Raiders 60 defeated Tigers 6
On a night when everything went right for the Raiders, Boyd was at his destructive best. Charging down the middle of the park for 42 minutes, the Raiders big number 8 scored a try and tallied 146 running metres.
Shannon Boyd's 2016 season is yet to finish, with the behemoth from Cowra having recently made his debut for the Australian Kangaroos.
The Kangaroos selection capped off another strong year for Boyd, who missed just one game all year in his third season playing NRL.
After keeping his weight in check during a strict pre-season, Boyd made his Auckland Nines debut in early February.
A strong start to the season saw Boyd picked in the Country Origin team, having been 18th man in 2015. Despite a strong performance in the match, Boyd couldn't crack the NSW Origin team, however, he will be out to change that next season.
The Raiders forward pack underwent plenty of changes in 2016, with the emergence of Luke Bateman and the arrivals of Elliott Whitehead, Junior Paulo and Joseph Tapine.
Boyd remained a constant force in the front row, welcoming the arrival of Paulo as the pair formed one of the biggest and most devastating combinations in the NRL.
A great finals series saw Boyd rewarded with his first Australian selection, going on to make his international debut against the Kiwis in Perth. Starting alongside Matt Scott in the front row, Boyd made a great impression, increasing the likelihood of further starts once the Four Nations tournament starts next weekend.
Having started his season in early February and with the Four Nations Tournament running until late November, Boyd will have well and truly earned a rest once his season finally finishes up. After reaching new heights in 2016, look out in 2017 as big Boyd looks to make his mark as one of the competitions best props.