Danny Ward

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Danny Ward
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Personal information
Full name Daniel Ward
Born (1980-06-15) 15 June 1980 (age 34)
Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 100 kg (15 st 10 lb) [1]
Position Prop
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1999–06 Leeds Rhinos 135 10 0 1 41
2006 Castleford Tigers 25 2 0 0 8
2007 Hull Kingston Rovers 21 0 0 0 0
2008–11 Harlequins 103 5 0 0 20
Total 284 17 0 1 69
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004 Great Britain 1 0 0 0 0
Source: Rugby League Project

Danny Ward (born (1980-06-15) 15 June 1980 (age 34) in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire) is an English former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s who at international level played for Great Britain, and at club level for Leeds Rhinos, Castleford Tigers, Hull Kingston Rovers, and Harlequins in Europe's Super League.

Leeds Rhinos[edit]

Ward is the son of former Leeds captain and coach David Ward. He was signed for Leeds from Dewsbury Moor, and made his début as a substitute against Sheffield Eagles in 1999. He was named the Leeds Alliance Player of the Year in 2000, before becoming a regular first team member the following season.

Ward first played at international level for the Great Britain Academy before being selected for John Kear's England Under-21 squad for the tour of South Africa at the end of the 2001 season. England won the First Test 112-6 in the first test and the second 74-14. In 2002 he was selected in the England 'A' squad to play New Zealand at Griffin Park, losing 12-34. He then was part of the squad to tour Fiji and Tonga. One of his highlights in 2002 was a field goal in a victory at the Boulevard on his 21st birthday.

Ward emulated his father by playing in the Challenge Cup Final in 2003. In 2004 he made 14 first team starts and 12 substitute appearances, and scored a try in the 46-28 win over Wakefield. Ward played for the Leeds Rhinos at prop forward in their 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls. In 2004 Ward made the transition into the senior Great Britain team making his début as a substitute against New Zealand in the Tri Nations competition.

As Super League IX champions, the Rhinos faced 2004 NRL season premiers, the Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Ward played as a prop forward in Leeds' 39-32 victory. In his final season with Leeds, Ward scored a try in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final against Hull and in the Grand Final qualifying win at St. Helens that took the Rhinos back to Old Trafford for the Grand Final. He played for the Rhinos at prop forward in their 2005 Super League Grand Final loss against Bradford Bulls. He left Leeds before the 2006 Super League season to join Castleford.

Castleford Tigers[edit]

At the beginning of the 2006's Super League XI, Ward was released after an unsavoury incident. He joined the Castleford Tigers, who had just been promoted from National League One. Ward adapted well to his new surroundings and one of his highlights that year was a try in the 31-30 victory over his former employers at the Jungle. However, his efforts were not enough to save Castleford from relegation.

Hull Kingston Rovers[edit]

For the 2007 season, he like Luke Dyer, a teammate of his at Castleford, moved east to pastures new at Craven Park with Hull Kingston Rovers. So far, Ward has yet to make the impact that he did at both Leeds and Castleford, but his presence presents a danger to any defence in the whole of Super League.

Harlequins[edit]

Ward in action for Harlequins

He was released from Hull KR on 17 September 2007. He signed a two-year deal with Harlequins starting from the 2008 season.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Harlequins Rugby League". web page. Harlequins Rugby League. 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Prop Ward secures Harlequins move". BBC. 2007-09-25. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 

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