Danny McGuire

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Danny McGuire
Danny McGuire Leeds Rhinos.jpg
Personal information
Full nameDaniel Phillip McGuire[1]
Born (1982-12-06) 6 December 1982 (age 36)
Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)[2]
Weight13 st 12 lb (88 kg)[2]
Playing information
PositionScrum-half, Stand-off
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–17 Leeds Rhinos 416 267 0 7 1075
2018– Hull Kingston Rovers 39 7 1 3 33
Total 455 274 1 10 1108
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2004–07 Great Britain 12 5 1 0 22
2008–09 England 7 4 0 0 16
As of 14 July 2019
Source: [3][4][5][6]

Daniel "Danny" Phillip McGuire (born 6 December 1982) is an English professional rugby league footballer who plays as a scrum-half or stand-off for Hull Kingston Rovers in the Super League. He has previously played for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League.


McGuire is a former Great Britain and England International stand-off or scrum-half. He previously played for the Leeds Rhinos. Winning a total of eight Super League Championships and two Challenge Cups.[3][4][5][6]

To add 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.


McGuire was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

Playing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

McGuire signed for the Leeds Rhinos from local team East Leeds A.R.L.F.C..[7]

Playing positions[edit]

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

Senior career[edit]

Leeds Rhinos (2001-17)[edit]


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.


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


He ended the 2004 season 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.


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


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


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.


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.

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


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.

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 would rule 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


McGuire played at stand-off for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final, which was lost to the Wigan Warriors.

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.


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

McGuire also tasted victory in the 2012 Super League Grand Final against the Warrington Wolves.


He represented the Leeds Rhinos in a victorious 2014 Challenge Cup Final against the Castleford Tigers, recording a 10-23 success.


The Leeds Rhinos won the 2015 Challenge Cup Final 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.


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, with McGuire scoring two tries and kicking a drop-goal, on his farewell appearance for the Leeds Rhinos.

Hull Kingston Rovers (2018 - present)[edit]


McGuire signed a two-year deal to play for Hull Kingston Rovers in the 2018 and 2019 Super League seasons.[11]

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

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

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.


In pre-season ahead of the start of the 2019 Super League season, 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 the 2020 season that Danny would be taking on the role of Head of Recruitment at Hull Kingston Rovers.

Representative career[edit]

Great Britain (2004-07)[edit]


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 against 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)[edit]


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.[12]

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.


Career Awards and Accolades[edit]

Club (Leeds Rhinos 2001-17)[edit]


  1. ^ "Daniel Phillip McGuire". Companies House. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Danny McGuire Hull KR". www.superleague.co.uk. Rugby Football League. 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Leeds Rhinos captain Danny McGuire drops bombshell to announce his plans to quit this year". Daily Star. UK: Express Newspapers. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 11 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Tri-Nations: Great Britain profiles". Mail Online. UK: Associated Newspapers. 19 October 2004. Retrieved 14 February 2011.
  9. ^ "Hull stun Leeds in Challenge Cup". BBC News. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  10. ^ "2008 Grand Final". BBC. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
  11. ^ "Danny McGuire – Why I'm joining Hull KR from Leeds Rhinos". Hull Daily Mail. 18 July 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  12. ^ "Purdham earns World Cup call-up". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07.

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