Josh McGuire

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This article is about the Samoan rugby league player. For the Canadian fencer, see Josh McGuire (fencer). For the Samoan footballer, see Josh Maguire.
Josh McGuire
Personal information
Nickname Moose, The Big Show[1]
Born (1990-03-02) 2 March 1990 (age 26)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Playing information
Position Prop
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2009– Brisbane Broncos 143 8 0 0 32
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2010–15 Samoa 6 1 0 0 4
2012–14 Prime Minister's XIII 2 0 0 0 0
2015– Queensland 5 0 0 0 0
2016 Australia 1 0 0 0 0
Source: [2]

Josh McGuire (born 2 March 1990) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who currently plays for the Brisbane Broncos in the National Rugby League. A Samoan and Australian international, Queensland State of Origin and Prime Minister's XIII representative, he plays at prop and lock.


Born in Brisbane, Queensland, McGuire moved to Lismore, New South Wales with his family when he was two. He moved back to Brisbane at age 12 and began playing junior football for the Aspley Devils at age 14.[3] In 2007, McGuire played for Queensland Under 17's and Under 19's. In 2008, he played for Queensland Under 18's. McGuire played for the Brisbane Broncos Under 20's side from 2008-2010, playing 29 games and scoring 11 tries. McGuire is eligible for Australia through his father who is Australian and Samoa and New Zealand through his mother who was born in Auckland, New Zealand and is predominately-New Zealander with part-Samoan descent through her grandfather.[4][3]

Before playing rugby league, McGuire was a junior ice hockey player, having been scouted by Ralph Barahona to potentially trial for the Vancouver Canucks.[5]

Playing career[edit]


In Round 3 , McGuire made his NRL debut for the Broncos against the New Zealand Warriors, playing off the interchange bench in the Broncos 26-10 win at Mt Smart Stadium.[6] In Round 22 against the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, McGuire scored his first NRL try in the Broncos 30-10 win at Suncorp Stadium.[7] McGuire finished his debut year in the NRL with him playing in 14 matches and scoring 2 tries.


In the 2010, McGuire played in 14 matches for the Broncos. He debuted for Samoa against New Zealand on October 16.[8]


In Round 8 against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs, McGuire suffered a serious eye injury after he was accidentally poked by team mate Mitchell Dodds and has to attend hospital with significant bleeding.[9] McGuire later returned for the Broncos in Round 17 against the Parramatta Eels. McGuire finished the year with 18 appearances. He was selected in the Australian Kangaroos train-on squad but was later omitted due to eligibility issues from playing for Samoa.[10] On 26 October, McGuire re-signed with Broncos for three further seasons.[11]


In round 2 against the North Queensland Cowboys, McGuire scored his first try for the Broncos since round 23 of 2009.[12] He was selected as 18th man for Queensland in Game 2 of the 2012 State of Origin series.[13] McGuire finished the season with him being awarded as the Broncos Player of the Year, playing in 24 matches and scoring 1 try.[14] On 23 September, McGuire played for the Prime Minister’s XIII against Papua New Guinea, playing off the interchange bench in the 24-18 win at Port Moresby.[15][16]


McGuire scored 1 try from 19 matches in 2013.


In Round 12 against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, McGuire played his 100th NRL career match in the Broncos 36-10 win at Suncorp Stadium.[17][18] He was again selected as 18th man for Queensland in Game 3 of the 2014 State of Origin series.[19] McGuire finished the regular season with him playing in 24 matches and scoring 2 tries. On 7 October, McGuire was selected in the Samoan 24-man squad for the Four Nations series while he was in the Prime Minister’s XIII squad. After fulfilling his obligations with the PM's XIII,[20][21] McGuire would go on to play in all 3 matches of the tournament, starting at hooker in two of the test matches.[22] On 18 October, McGuire revealed that he was playing blind in his left eye after suffering a detached retina from the eye-poke that saw him sidelined in 2011.[23]


On 23 January, McGuire re-signed with the Broncos to the end of the 2017 season. On 2 May, McGuire played for Samoa against Tonga in the 2015 Polynesian Cup.[24][25] On 27 May, in Game 1 of the 2015 State of Origin series, McGuire made his long awaited State of Origin debut for Queensland, playing off the interchange bench in the 11-10 win at ANZ Stadium. McGuire also played in Game 2 of the series[26][27] before his season-ending Achilles tendon injury he suffered in Round 16 against the Newcastle Knights. McGuire was unfortunately sidelined for the rest of the season, where he watched his team made it up to the grand final. McGuire managed 2 tries from 13 matches for the season.


In the Round 1 season opening match against the Parramatta Eels, McGuire made his return to the Broncos team from injury in the 17-4 win at Parramatta Stadium.[28] On 6 May 2016, he made his debut for Australia against New Zealand in the 2016 Anzac Test,[29]


  1. ^ Wayne Hemming. "Josh McGuire to make Broncos debut in NRL clash against Warriors". The Roar. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  2. ^ "Josh McGuire - Career Stats & Summary". Rugby League Project. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  3. ^ a b "MCGUIRE READY FOR NEXT MAROON STEP". Former Origin Greats. 
  4. ^ "Brisbane’s Josh McGuire has revealed he is playing blind in his left eye". 18 October 2014. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Brisbane Broncos beat New Zealand Warriors 26-10 in Auckland". Daily Telegraph. 
  7. ^ "Broncos hammer hapless Sharks". NewsComAu. 
  8. ^ "Samoa Online". 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  9. ^ Matt Marshall. "Broncos stayed grounded despite seven straight wins". Courier Mail. 
  10. ^ "Eight Broncos in Kangaroos Train-on Squad". 2012-01-07. Retrieved 2013-05-16. 
  11. ^ "Josh McGuire wants to be a Brisbane Bronco for life after securing new contract with NRL club". Courier Mail. 
  12. ^ Wayne Heming (9 March 2012). "Late try from Matt Bowen hands North Queensland Cowboys victory over Brisbane Broncos". Fox Sports. 
  13. ^ "Josh McGuire's vision to be in the Brisbane Broncos' power elite". NewsComAu. 
  14. ^ Jeff Dickinson-Fox. "2012 Brisbane Broncos Player Of The Year Thread - Page 2 - The Front Row Forum :: Rugby League". 
  15. ^ "Injuries force changes to PM's XIII". ABC News. 
  16. ^ Wayne Cousins. "Prime Ministers XIII scrape home in Port Moresby". 
  17. ^ "Judiciary Decision to Downgrade Dangerous Throw Charge on Josh Reynolds Stuns Queensland". Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  18. ^ "Broncos stampede over Sea Eagles". 
  19. ^ "Fatherhood Led Brisbane Prop Josh McGuire to Queensland State of Origin Side". Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  20. ^ "Prime Minister's XIII squad announced". 
  21. ^ "PM's XIII defeat valiant PNG". 
  22. ^ "McGuire rakes in Samoan opportunity". NRL - The official site of the National Rugby League - 
  23. ^ "Brisbane's Josh McGuire Has Revealed Hi is Playing Blind in His Left Eye". Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  24. ^ "Representative Round team lists". 2015-04-28. Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  25. ^ Balym, Todd (2014-07-26). "Video: Sam Kasiano try-saving tackle on Jorge Taufua secures Pacific Test win for Samoan against Tonga". Retrieved 2015-05-03. 
  26. ^ "Queensland Maroons team for 2015 State of Origin Game 1: Reaction". The Roar. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  27. ^ "NSW & QLD State of Origin teams 2016". The Roar. Retrieved 2016-02-29. 
  28. ^
  29. ^ "UPDATED: Representative Round team lists". 2016-02-28. Retrieved 2016-05-07. 

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