|McGuire playing for Catalans|
|Full name||Casey Jon McGuire|
24 January 1980 |
Nambour, Queensland, Australia
|Weight||92 kg (14 st 9 lb)|
|Position||Hooker, Five-eighth, Halfback, Lock|
|Source: Rugby League Project & NRL Stats[permanent dead link]|
Casey McGuire (born 24 January 1980) is an Australian former professional rugby league footballer of the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. A Queensland State of Origin representative half back, he played his club football in Australasia's National Rugby League (NRL) for the Brisbane Broncos (with whom he won the 2006 NRL Premiership) and Parramatta Eels, as well as in Europe's Super League for the Catalans Dragons.
Born 24 January 1980 in Nambour, Queensland, McGuire was playing junior footy for Caloundra Sharks & Kawana Dolphins. He then attended Caloundra State High QSSRL in 1997 when he was selected for the Australian Schoolboys rugby league team. He then made his NRL debut in the 1998 season for the Parramatta Eels. The next season he returned to Queensland to play for the Brisbane Broncos. At the Broncos he was a utility player, normally used in games from the bench. He achieved selection for the Queensland Maroons in the 2005 State of Origin series.
Selected to play from the interchange bench in the 2006 NRL Grand Final, McGuire's last game for the Broncos, he threw a miracle pass which contributed to Brisbane's match-winning try.
McGuire missed the Broncos' 2007 World Club Challenge appearance due to his move to France to play in Super League for Les Catalans. Having initially started playing the halves at Les Catalans, McGuire increasingly found himself playing at hooker and sharing much of the creative responsibilities with Adam Mogg and Thomas Bosc. He became a key figure in the side. He had also been named in the France squad for the Four Nations tournament, qualifying under the three-year residency rule, but did not play.
McGuire returned to Australia and the club where he made his NRL comeback with his first club, the Parramatta Eels for the 2011 season, playing as five-eighth. He had been one of the shining lights in what has otherwise been a season of unrelenting disappointment at Parramatta, which has netted just five wins and a draw. He only missed a small number of games since returning to the NRL.
A pectoral muscle injury during the 2012 NRL season put the remainder of McGuire's playing career in doubt.