Danny McGuire

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Danny McGuire
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Personal information
Full nameDaniel Phillip McGuire [1]
Born (1982-12-06) 6 December 1982 (age 38)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm) [2]
Weight13 st 12 lb (88 kg) [2]
Position Scrum-half, Stand-off
Club
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2001–17 Leeds Rhinos 416267071075
2018–19 Hull Kingston Rovers 4591341
Total4612761101116
Representative
YearsTeamPldTGFGP
2004–07 Great Britain 1251022
2008–09 England 740016
Source: [3] [4] [5] [6]

Daniel "Danny" Phillip McGuire (born 6 December 1982) is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played as a scrum-half or stand-off in the Betfred Super League, and Great Britain and England at international level.

Contents

He played for the Leeds Rhinos and Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League.

Introduction

McGuire is a former Great Britain and England International stand-off or scrum-half. He spent the majority of his professional career playing for Leeds Rhinos, winning a total of eight Super League Championships, two Challenge Cups, [3] [4] [5] [6] three World Club Challenge Championships and three League Leaders' Shield's.

He has also won the Harry Sunderland Trophy for the 'Man-of-the-Match' Award in two Grand Finals, 2015 and 2017, one of only three men to do so, alongside his former team-mates Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow. McGuire was also the first player to score 200 tries in the Super League and he became the highest try-scorer in the competition's history in 2012, surpassing his former team-mate, Keith Senior.

Background

McGuire was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. [7]

Playing career

Early career

McGuire signed for the Leeds Rhinos from local team East Leeds A.R.L.F.C..

Playing positions

He primarily plays in the halves as a scrum-half or stand-off.

Senior career

Leeds Rhinos (2001-17)

2001

McGuire impressed for the Academy side and made his début for the Leeds Rhinos' first-grade team at Headingley Stadium, against the Salford City Reds on 6 July 2001.

2003

By the start of the 2003's Super League VIII, McGuire had established himself as a first-team regular.

2004

He ended 2004's Super League IX having scored 39 tries in all competitions, including a Super League record of five in one match against the Widnes Vikings. He finished with one fewer than the Super League's top try scorer, Bradford Bulls' Lesley Vainikolo.

McGuire's superb form resulted in him being awarded the Rugby League Writers Association - 'Player of the Year.' To also add him being named in the 2004 Tetley's Super League Dream Team. [8]

The Leeds Rhinos won the 2004 League Leaders' Shield, with Danny playing a pivotal role in their accomplishment.

McGuire played at halfback in the Leeds Rhinos' 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls, with Danny scoring a try, a game which ended the Leeds Rhinos' 32-year wait for the Championship.

2005

As Super League IX Champions, the Leeds Rhinos faced 2004 NRL season Premiers, the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge. McGuire played at stand-off and scored a try in the Leeds Rhinos' 39-32 victory.

He played for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final from the interchange bench, in their loss against Hull F.C.. [9]

McGuire suffered a defeat in the 2005 Super League Grand Final, which was a rematch of the 2004 Final against the Bradford Bulls. McGuire played at stand-off and scored the Leeds Rhinos' only try, in a 15-6 defeat.

McGuire while playing for the Leeds Rhinos during his time at the club Danny McGuire.jpg
McGuire while playing for the Leeds Rhinos during his time at the club

2007

McGuire played in the 2007 Super League Grand Final this time defeating St. Helens, by a score of 33-6.

2008

This also happened again in the 2008 Super League Grand Final again, defeating St. Helens, in a closer affair than the year before. [10]

The Leeds Rhinos' subsequently winning the match, 24-16., with McGuire scoring two tries in the second half to ensure victory.

He was part of the Leeds Rhinos' 2008 World Club Challenge winning squad, defeating the 2007 NRL Season Premiers, the Melbourne Storm, recording a final score of 11-4.

2009

McGuire won his second League Leaders' Shield in 2009 with the Leeds Rhinos.

McGuire's fourth grand final came in the 2009 Super League Grand Final, when the Leeds Rhinos defeated St. Helens for a third-year in a row, by a score of 18-10 at Old Trafford. [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] [21] [22]

2010

After winning three titles in a row the Leeds Rhinos struggled in 2010. McGuire excelled though, scoring 27 tries in 32 games, his equal best since his excellent 2004 season.

He played in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium. [23] [24]

McGuire's season ended in controversy though, during the Leeds Rhinos' win in their first play-off match against the eventual champions the Wigan Warriors.

With just moments remaining in the match, the Leeds Rhinos led 27-26, when the Wigan Warriors broke down the left of the field, McGuire was adjudged to have pulled back the Wigan Warriors' George Carmont, preventing him from scoring a potential match-winning try.

But in doing so, McGuire suffered a serious knee injury which ruled him out for up to six-months. Meaning he'd miss the remainder of the season and the start of the next.

Former Wigan Warriors star Phil Clarke, caused further controversy by writing, "Perhaps the rugby Gods have punished him (McGuire), for his unsportsmanlike play." The comments were posted on his blog on the Sky Sports website.

McGuire while playing for the Leeds Rhinos during his time at the club Danny McGuire 1.jpg
McGuire while playing for the Leeds Rhinos during his time at the club

2011

McGuire played at stand-off for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Wigan Warriors at Wembley Stadium. [25] [26] [27] [28] [29] [30] [31] [32] [33] [34] [35] [36] [37] [38] [39]

His fifth and latest Grand Final win again, against St Helens, came in 2011, with the Leeds Rhinos coming from 5th in the regular season table to win 32-16, in the 2011 Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford. [40] [41]

2012

McGuire was part of the Leeds Rhinos side that won the 2012 World Club Challenge 26-12, against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

McGuire also tasted victory in the 2012 Super League Grand Final against the Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford. [42] [43]

2014

He played in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium. [44]

2015

The Leeds Rhinos won the 2015 Challenge Cup Final with victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at Wembley Stadium [45] [46] [47] and the 2015 League Leaders' Shield.

The Leeds Rhinos also claimed the spoils in the 2015 Super League Grand Final, in a thrilling encounter against the Wigan Warriors, eventually winning the game 20-22, which wrapped-up the domestic treble for the club at Old Trafford. [48]

2017

McGuire's final game for the Leeds Rhinos came in the 2017 Super League Grand Final where the Leeds Rhinos defeated the Castleford Tigers 6-24 at Old Trafford, with McGuire scoring two tries and kicking a drop-goal, on his farewell appearance for the Leeds Rhinos. [49] [50] [51]

Hull Kingston Rovers (2018 - present)

2018

McGuire signed a two-year deal to play for Hull Kingston Rovers in the 2018 and 2019 Super League seasons. [52]

Danny made his début for Hull Kingston Rovers on 2 February 2018, in a 6-28 defeat by Wakefield Trinity.

He scored his first try for Hull Kingston Rovers against the Huddersfield Giants, in round 5 of the 2018's Super League XXIII.

Danny recorded his first hat-trick of tries for Hull Kingston Rovers in a 52-22 Super League victory over the Salford Red Devils, on 8 July 2018 at Craven Park.

2019

In pre-season ahead of the start of the 2019's Super League XXIV, Danny announced that the 2019 campaign would be his last as a player as he revealed his intentions to retire at the end of that same year.

It was revealed on 20 May 2019, that following McGuire's retirement as a player, subsequently commencing in 2020's Super League XXV that Danny would be taking on the role of Head of Recruitment at Hull Kingston Rovers.

Representative career

Great Britain (2004-07)

2004

On the back of his superb season in 2004, McGuire was named in the Great Britain squad for the Tri-Nations tournament. He made his début off the bench in Great Britain's first game defeat by Australia.

He then made his first start for Great Britain in their next match against New Zealand, playing a key role and creating the try which ensured a 22-12 victory.

England (2008-09)

2008

In 2008, McGuire was named along with seven Leeds Rhinos' teammates, in England's and former Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Tony Smith's 24-man squad for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. [53]

He played from the interchange bench as England came from behind to scrape past Papua New Guinea. The final score was 32-22, in the opening game of the tournament.

England then lost 52-4, to host nation and tournament favourites, Australia.

McGuire was left out of the squad for England's final group game, where they surrendered a 24-12 half-time lead to lose 36-24 to New Zealand.

McGuire started his first game of the tournament against New Zealand in the semi-final. It also proved to be his last as despite scoring two tries, McGuire could not prevent England losing 32-22 and being eliminated.

Honours

Career Awards and Accolades

Club (Leeds Rhinos 2001-17)

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