‘Danny McGuire doesn’t like losing, he’ll bring magic in final year’ say reunited Hull KR team-mates

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‘Danny McGuire doesn’t like losing, he’ll bring magic in final year’ say reunited Hull KR team-mates

Turning 36 today, Danny McGuire is well into preparations for his final Super League campaign.

The half-back will close the door on a glittering rugby league career at the end of 2019, where he’ll be seen for the final time on a rugby field in Hull KR’s colours.

Scooping eight Grand Final wins during his time with Leeds Rhinos, McGuire made the move to Rovers ahead of the 2018 campaign. Will he lift silverware one more time in his swansong term?

We get the thoughts of three new Robins signings – all of which have played alongside McGuire at some point in their careers – ahead of what promises to be an emotional and challenging final 12 months of one of rugby league’s greats.

WELLER HAURAKI

Played with McGuire in 2011 and 2012

“To be with Maggsy again has been awesome. He’s energetic, and when he’s on the field, you know that something is going to happen.

Leeds' Weller Hauraki celebrates his try with Danny McGuire against Hull FC in the 2011 play-off series.
Leeds’ Weller Hauraki celebrates his try with Danny McGuire against Hull FC in the 2011 play-off series.

“He’s definitely up there with the best halves I’ve ever seen in the game and played alongside. I’m looking forward to seeing if we can make the magic happen again.”

MITCH GARBUTT

Played with McGuire in 2015, 2016 and 2017

“I’ve been quite lucky at Leeds to win a few things and I think without Maggsy, we don’t win those trophies. I’m actually excited to see him in his last year – who knows what he’ll do? He’ll want to go out on a high and I hope we can give him the send-off he deserves.

Danny McGuire celebrates scoring the second try with Mitch Garbutt during the Super League Grand Final match between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford on October 7, 2017.
Danny McGuire celebrates scoring the second try with Mitch Garbutt during the Super League Grand Final match between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos at Old Trafford on October 7, 2017.

“I’m not a good loser, I do not like losing and Maggsy is the same. That’s probably another reason why I came here. I didn’t know too many people here but I’ve known Maggsy long enough to realise that he wants to win everything.”

JIMMY KEINHORST

Played with McGuire from 2012 to 2017

Leeds Rhinos' Danny McGuire and Jimmy Keinhorst (left) celebrate after winning the First Utility Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester.
Leeds Rhinos’ Danny McGuire and Jimmy Keinhorst (left) celebrate after winning the First Utility Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford, Manchester.

“I spoke with Maggsy last year and he had plenty of praise to put on the club. It’s a great one with a big fan base. The coaching staff in Tim (Sheens), Webbo (James Webster) and Hodgy (David Hodgson) are great too. It’s well-run and well-backed, which was a big appeal.

Time Line

Danny McGuire’s glittering career at Leeds Rhinos


  1. 2002

    A fresh-faced Danny McGuire’s first photo as a Leeds Rhinos professional ahead of the 2002 campaign. The legacy he would leave at Headingley was just beginning.


  2. 2004

    McGuire scores the winning try for Leeds in the 2004 Grand Final when beating Bradford Bulls at Old Trafford.


  3. 2006

    A historic Great Britain series saw victory in Australia over the fierce enemy, and McGuire played his part in the Tri Nations that year.


  4. 2007

    Again, McGuire is influential as Leeds overcome St Helens at Old Trafford to lift the Grand Final trophy once more.


  5. 2009

    Completing their third successive Grand Final win, McGuire celebrates with Rob Burrow and Kylie Leuluai


  6. 2010

    McGuire is stretchered off against Wigan Warriors, suffering a long-term knee injury.


  7. 2011

    Returning to success at Old Trafford, McGuire started at scrum-half in the 32-16 victory over St Helens


  8. 2012

    Another trophy in the cabinet as McGuire lifts the Grand Final silverware, beating Warrington in 2012.


  9. 2015

    The treble was complete as Leeds lift the World Club Series, Challenge Cup and Super League trophies. McGuire was part of history at the Rhinos.


  10. 2017

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  11. 2018

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“He brings plenty. You only have to look at the 2017 Grand Final when he ran the game from start to finish. His leadership on the field is great, he has a lot of quality still in his game even though he’s coming to the back of his career.”

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