Retiring Broncos captain Darius Boyd and his wife Kayla. Photo: Mark Cranitch.RETIRING Broncos veteran Darius Boyd and his wife, Kayla, have finally sold their luxury home in Hendra as they prepare for life after football.It comes hot on the heels of another sports star selling his Brisbane pad as the local property market continues to kick goals. Brisbane Broncos player Darius Boyd, with wife Kayla and children Willow, and Romi, 5 months, after announcing his retirement from the NRL. Image: AAP/Darren England.A year after first being listed for sale, the Boyds’ property at 78 Harding Street has sold offmarket to a local family for close to $2 million. RELATED: Quade Cooper sells Brisbane pad The couple initially wanted $2.1 million for the home, then dropped the price to offers over $1.99 million before listing it without a price guide. This house at 78 Harding Street, Hendra, has sold for nearly $2m.The property was only built about two years ago after they commissioned Base Architecture and builder Graya Constructions to create the four-bedroom home with jet black exterior. They paid $810,000 for the original property in 2016 and have had it on the market since March last year. Inside the home at 78 Harding Street, Hendra.The Boyds have already moved on to their next project in Paddington, where they spent $1.205 million on an original 1930s cottage.They are due to start building a new home on the site this month. The front of the home at 78 Harding Street, Hendra.Drew Davies of Place Ascot, who negotiated the sale, declined to comment on the sale price, but industry sources say it was near the $2 million mark.Mr Davies said it was a case of finding the right buyer for the property.“They have children and they loved the visibility from the kitchen, the heart of the home,” Mr Davies said. Inside the home at 78 Harding Street, Hendra.“I’m dealing with a shortlist of buyers hungry for properties.“Anything around this price and above, I have buyers ready to go.”Mr Davies said he had noticed a 40 per cent increase in inquiries for properties this year, particularly for properties in the Ascot, Clayfield and Hendra area.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago The living, kitchen and dining area of the home at 78 Harding Street, Hendra.Earlier this month, Boyd — the former Brisbane Broncos captain — announced he would quit rugby league at the end of the season.In another sign buyers are back in the market, rugby union star Quade Cooper has also found a buyer for his Bulimba home after it languished for more than a year on the market. Quade Cooper and his partner Laura Dundovic have sold their Bulimba home. Picture: Adam Head.The modern concrete mansion that Mr Cooper shared with his girlfriend, model and former Miss Universe Australia, Laura Dundovic, has sold for just over $2.2 million to a couple relocating from Melbourne.The home at 34 Addison Avenue was last listed for between $2.25 million and $2.35 million after failing to sell at auction in 2018. Michael Bacon and Simon Caulfield from Place Kangaroo Point negotiated the sale.Cooper bought it for $1.845 million in 2015 when he was with the Queensland Reds. This home at 34 Addison Ave, Bulimba, has sold for just over $2.2m.
British and Irish Lions flanker Sean O’Brien could yet play for Leinster in Saturday’s RaboDirect PRO12 final after making rapid progress in his recovery from a knee injury. O’Brien was expected to be out for two weeks after incurring bone bruising in last weekend’s Amlin Challenge Cup final victory over Stade Francais. But Lions forwards coach Graham Rowntree has revealed that the injury is not as bad as initially feared and that the 26-year-old Ireland back row could be in contention for selection against Ulster at the RDS. “Sean is getting a lot better and has improved quickly over the last 48 hours and with regards to Saturday, watch this space,” Rowntree said. Press Association O’Brien will miss out on the Lions’ opening fixture against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on June 1 even if he does face Ulster, but it would make him available to face Western Force four days later. Rowntree was speaking at Tuesday’s open practice session at Carton House, the squad’s training camp outside Dublin, with some 200 supporters in attendance. “The lads get a buzz out of it and it puts a bit of pressure on them,” England’s forward coach said. “We got a couple wrong on our line-out throw because of the added pressure. It was great to see everyone there and the lads were good, staying behind to sign autographs.” Of the 37-man squad selected for the tour to Hong Kong and Australia, 15 are involved in matches this weekend with Leinster, Ulster, Leicester, Northampton and Toulon and have yet to join their counterparts. Rowntree, himself a two-time Lions tourist, envisages few issues integrating the incoming players when they arrive on Sunday. “Given the nature and class of those players, I’m sure they’ll pick up our systems and the way we do thing very quickly, that’s why we’re picking them,” he said. “The beauty of how we’re doing things is that it’s very simple. There’s a very simple shape to how we’re playing the game, our calling structure is very simple because of the understanding that we have limited time to get things right. “So the guys coming in will slip straight in and they’ll be battle hardened heading into Hong Kong.” read more
(REUTERS) – Joel Embiid had 33 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots to carry the 76ers past the visiting Toronto Raptors 116-95, as Philadelphia took a 2-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday.It was Embiid’s 12th double-double in 15 career playoff games.Jimmy Butler added 22 points, nine assists and nine rebounds while JJ Redick contributed 15 points for the third-seeded Sixers. Game 4 will be played in Philadelphia tomorrow. Kawhi Leonard paced the second-seeded Raptors with 33 points while Pascal Siakam added 20. Leonard has scored at least 30 points in five of Toronto’s eight playoff games this season, including all three games against Philadelphia.An early 8-0 run in the second quarter pushed the Sixers to a 40-29 lead.Leonard made a difficult jumper from the wing and Kyle Lowry followed with a layup to close Toronto within 52-46 with 3:22 remaining in the second.Thanks in large part to Embiid’s 18 points and the team shooting 8 of 14 from beyond the 3-point arc, the Sixers held a 64-53 lead at halftime. Leonard paced Toronto with 17 points in the first half.Butler drove into the lane and dropped in a floater for a 75-57 Sixers advantage with 8:14 left in the third.The Raptors stayed close because Leonard scored 14 points in the third, and they trailed 89-81 at the end of the quarter. Siakam had a wide open look on a 3-pointer but hit the front rim as time expired. Embiid knocked down his third 3-pointer and the Sixers bolted to a 94-82 lead early in the fourth.On Toronto’s next possession, Siakam had his shot blocked by Embiid. Siakam then appeared to trip Embiid and he sprawled to the floor. Siakam was whistled for a flagrant-1 foul, and Embiid made both free throws for a 96-82 advantage.Consecutive baskets from Butler gave the Sixers a 100-82 edge with 9:01 remaining. Butler later threw down a dunk, got fouled and put the Sixers ahead 108-84 with 5:51 left. read more