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Leeds Rhinos legend Danny McGuire discussed Rob Burrow’s best quality

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Danny McGuire has known Rob Burrow for around 30 years. The two Leeds Rhinos legends played with and against each other, before shining on the biggest stage together at Leeds. McGuire once joked that he had spent more time with Burrow than his wife and he was a key part of the celebration of Burow’s life at Headingley.

Fittingly, Leeds’ half-back partners, Brodie Croft and Matt Frawley, scored the tries for Leeds on an emotional night, as the Rhinos ran out 18-10 winners in front of a packed stadium. McGuire was joined by 80 of Burrow’s former teammates as the stadium united to pay tribute to the Rhinos legend.

McGuire was interviewed on the pitch as part of the build-up to the game, alongside former Leeds teammate, Danny Buderus. McGuire took the opportunity to to reminisce about his relationship with Burrow and what made Burrow such a special player and person.

He also recalled the moment he asked Burrow to lift the Super League trophy with him following Leeds’ 2017 triumph.

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Danny McGuire reflects on Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow

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Speaking as part of the Sky Sports coverage in the build-up to Leeds’ game with the Leigh Leopards, McGuire looked back on his friendship with Burrow, which stretches back to their childhood spent playing Rugby League together.

The interview took place over a montage of Burrow’s best moments on the field. McGuire believes that the fact that so many people were willing to travel to Headingley to join the celebration of Burrow’s life highlighted what a special person and player Burrow was. McGuire said:

“I have so many amazing memories and I think tonight’s just for me is about a celebration of all them amazing times and from playing against each other for Leeds schools against Castleford schools and then playing our last games together for Leeds in a Grand Final.

“There are so many amazing times and amazing memories and that’s how I remember Rob, I remember Rob for these moments and these moments that we’re seeing on the screen now, he was a special Rugby League player but a special person as well.”

“He was the most tenacious, toughest player I ever played with”

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McGuire went on to discuss Burrow’s best quality as a team-mate, identifying his selflessness as a key element in his success over the years. When McGuire and Burrow won the Grand Final in 2017 in their last game together, McGuire felt it was only right to ask his friend to lift the trophy with him in recognition of his brilliant career. McGuire said:

“I think Rob’s best quality as a team-mate was his selflessness. He would sacrifice himself for the team and I think in 2011 he came off the bench to score that amazing try and one of my best memories is lifting the trophy together in 2017.

“I think I was captain but I felt that Rob deserved that just as much as me and it was amazing that our last moments together playing for the Rhinos were to lift the trophy and that is one of the highlights of my career without a doubt.”

“I think he was the most tenacious, toughest player I ever played with and against. He showed the same fight and grit in his battle against his illness. We all love him and everybody in this stadium tonight loves him as well. It’s just a testament to the person and the character and the player that we all love that turned out tonight.”

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