A native of Tonypandy in the Rhondda Valley, Darren worked as conditioning coach with Bridgend Youth, the Celtic Warriors Academy and then the Blues Academy respectively. At the commencement of the 2009-2010 season Darren teamed up with both the Blues under 18s squad and with the Pontypridd senior squad.
Darren was capped at Schools and under 15 level with Wales, playing for and captaining Ponty Youth in his time. He then played for UWIC (known at the time as “Cardiff Institute of Higher Education”), where he studied sports science, in both union and league codes. Having moved on to represent Treorchy, Darren’s playing days were brought to a premature end by a recurring back problem.
Employed as a PE teacher in Newbridge Comprehensive School, Darren also had experience as defence and skills coach with Llantwit Fardre RFC.