26 Facts About Danny McGuire


Daniel Phillip McGuire was born on 6 December 1982 and is an English former professional rugby league footballer who played as a scrum-half or stand-off, and is currently the interim head-coach of Hull Kingston Rovers.


Danny McGuire spent the majority of his professional career playing for Leeds Rhinos, winning a total of eight Super League Championships, two Challenge Cups, three World Club Challenge Championships and three League Leaders' Shields.


Danny McGuire made over 400 appearances for the club between 2001 and 2017, before spending two seasons at Hull Kingston Rovers at the end of his playing career.


Danny McGuire played for Great Britain and England at international level, and represented England at the 2008 Rugby League World Cup.


Danny McGuire was awarded the Harry Sunderland Trophy in two Grand Finals, one of only three men to do so, alongside his former team-mates Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow.


Danny McGuire was 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.


Danny McGuire impressed for the academy side and made his debut for the Leeds Rhinos' first-grade team at Headingley Stadium, against the Salford City Reds on 6 July 2001.


Danny McGuire ended 2004's Super League IX having scored 39 tries in all competitions, including a Super League record of five in one match against the Widnes Vikings.


Danny McGuire finished with one fewer than the Super League's top try scorer, Bradford Bulls' Lesley Vainikolo.


The Leeds Rhinos won the 2004 League Leaders' Shield, with Danny McGuire 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.


Danny McGuire played for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final from the interchange bench, in their loss against Hull FC McGuire suffered a defeat in the 2005 Super League Grand Final, which was a rematch of the 2004 Final against the Bradford Bulls.


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


Danny McGuire excelled though, scoring 27 tries in 32 games, his equal best since his excellent 2004 season.


Danny McGuire played in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium.


Danny 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.


Danny McGuire played at stand-off for the Leeds Rhinos in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Wigan Warriors at Wembley Stadium.


Danny McGuire tasted victory in the 2012 Super League Grand Final against the Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford.


Danny McGuire played in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium.


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


Danny McGuire scored his first try for Hull Kingston Rovers against the Huddersfield Giants, in round 5 of the 2018's Super League XXIII.


In pre-season ahead of the start of the 2019's Super League XXIV, Danny McGuire 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.


Danny McGuire made his debut off the bench in Great Britain's first game defeat by Australia.


In 2008, Danny 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.


Danny McGuire started his first game of the tournament against New Zealand in the semi-final.


In July 2022, Danny McGuire became interim head coach following the departure of Smith.