Canberra, Australia – December 25, 2023
NRL player Troy Dargan, aged 26, lost his life in a motorcycle accident while vacationing with his family in the Cook Islands. The news was confirmed by Dargan’s management, Aria Sports Group, on Christmas Day.
Affectionately known as “TJ,” Dargan had recently joined the Canberra Raiders on a two-year contract for the upcoming NRL season. The talented playmaker had previously played two NRL games, both with South Sydney in 2020.
The statement from Aria Sports Group expressed deep sorrow, saying, “On behalf of the Dargan family, it is with a heavy heart that we share the news of TJ’s tragic passing overnight. He and his family were holidaying in the Cook Islands, where TJ was involved in a motorcycle accident. TJ will be greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Dargan’s rugby league journey began as an Australian schoolboy and NSW under-20s representative. He earned recognition while contracted with Parramatta, securing the position of halfback in the 2016 Holden Cup team of the year.
After a stint with Brisbane and playing for Norths, the reserve grade affiliates of the Broncos, from 2018 to 2019, Dargan reunited with former Broncos coach Wayne Bennett at the Rabbitohs. His NRL debut occurred against the Sydney Roosters in May 2020, partnering with club legend Adam Reynolds in the halves.
Despite making a significant contribution during his time at South Sydney, Dargan moved on to join the Canberra Raiders this season. Before signing with the Raiders, he played six times for Blacktown Workers, Manly’s NSW Cup affiliate, during the 2023 season.
Dargan, a versatile player, had represented the Cook Islands at the international level twice, showcasing his talent and commitment to the sport. In late 2019, he played a pivotal role in a 38-16 victory over the United States, scoring two tries.
The NRL community is mourning the untimely loss of Troy Dargan, and tributes are pouring in for the talented player whose promising career was tragically cut short. The thoughts and condolences of the entire NRL fraternity go out to Dargan’s family during this difficult time.