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Great Dane: Boyd's fame spreads across the globe

Tom Boyd of the Giants poses for a photograph during an AFL press conference presenting the 2013 draftees at Kurrawa Surf Club, Gold Coast on November 22, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Tom Boyd's Danish heritage has caused a stir in Denmark after he was picked at No.1
TOM BOYD'S Danish ancestry has made front-page news in Denmark, with Greater Western Sydney's No.1 pick celebrated in the country's most-read daily newspaper.

There were no surprises on the Gold Coast when Boyd, whose mother is Danish, was the first player selected in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft.   

His path caused a stir in Denmark, however, with the 18-year-old featuring on page one of mx, which has a daily readership of around 500,000.

"I got a call from a Danish newspaper shortly after the draft and they were pretty excited about me being taken by the Giants with the No.1 pick," Boyd said on Tuesday.

"My mum grew up there and I've spent some time in Denmark too. I've got a lot of family there and I think it's great that they're getting exposed to the AFL.

"Hopefully the whole country can jump on board the Giants."

Translated, the mx headline read: 'Young half Dane breaks through in Australian football', with the story thanking Boyd's mother, Anita, for "the little Danish stardust Down Under".

He spoke to the newspaper about moving straight from high school and into elite sport, the profile of the AFL and its players and the Giants' prospects in 2014.

Australian football is played in Denmark, with the DAFL containing nine teams, 180 participants and 400 school kids.

The Danes will also have a team in the 2014 International Cup.

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GWS' No.1 draft pick Tom Boyd hits the headlines in his mother's native Denmark.