Troy Dargan, 26, an NRL Player, Died in a Motorcycle Crash while Holidaying in the Cook Islands

Last Updated on December 25, 2023, 9:37 am

Cook Islands: An NRL player and Former Cook Island Rugby League Representative, Troy Dargan, passed away in a Motorcycle accident.

Troy Dargan Dead
Troy Dargan (Image via Facebook)

Troy Dargan, a National Rugby League player, passed away in a motorcycle crash on Aituttaki, Cook Islands, in the early Sunday morning of December 24, 2023. He was a former Cook Islands Rugby League representative recently signed by Canberra Raiders.

What happened to Troy Dargan?

Police media officer Trevor Pitt said Police on the Cook Islands reported that an incident happened around 1 a.m. on Sunday, December 24, 2023, claiming the life of 26-year-old NRL player Troy Dargan.

His managing team, Aria Management Group, released a statement on social media announcing the tragic news of his death on Christmas Day. Try Dargan, also known as

Troy Junior or TJ, was 26 years old at the time of his unfortunate passing.

“On behalf of the Dargan family, it is with a heavy heart that we share the news of TJ’s tragic passing overnight,” the statement from Aria Sports Group said. “He and his family were holidaying in Cook Island (sic), where TJ was involved in a motorcycle accident.

TJ will be (be) greatly missed, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Who was Troy Dargan?

Troy Dargan was a 26-year-old Canberra Raiders utility and former South Sydney Rabbitohs. He was a National Rugby League (a professional rugby league in Australasia) player. He played two NRL games for South Sydney in 2020 and recently joined Canberra on a two-year contract for the upcoming season.
Dargan was an Australian schoolboy and NSW under-20s representative. During his contract with Parramatta, he was named halfback in the 2016 Holden Cup team of the Year.

He joined Brisbane and played for the reserve grade affiliate Norths between 2018 and 2019. He then reunited with former Broncos Coach Wayne Bennett at Rabbitohs.

He made his first-grade debut against Sydney Roosters in the Rabbitohs’ first game in May 2020, after the NRL returned from COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. After playing for Manly’s NSW Cup affiliate Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles six times in the 2023 season, he was signed with the Raiders.

He represented the Cook Islands twice at international level and scored two tries in a 38-16 defeat of United States in late 2019. He was a native of the Cook Islands and was of Indigenous descent. He played two test matches for the Cook Islands.


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