Danny McGuire Tribute to Rob Burrow: Toughest Player in Rugby League History

Rugby League Legend Danny McGuire Hails Rob Burrow as the Toughest Player He’s Played With

Former Leeds Rhinos star Danny McGuire has heaped praise on his longtime teammate and friend, Rob Burrow, branding him the toughest player he’s ever played alongside. McGuire and Burrow were both handed their Leeds Rhinos debuts by Daryl Powell in 2001 and went on to enjoy a hugely successful 17-year partnership, winning eight Super League titles, two Challenge Cups, and three World Club Challenges together.

Burrow and McGuire’s Illustrious Careers

During their illustrious careers, the pair became two of only three players to ever win the prestigious Harry Sutherland Trophy in two Grand Finals, with the other being Kevin Sinfield. In total, McGuire and Burrow combined to score over 450 tries for the Rhinos, forming one of the most formidable half-back pairings in the sport’s history.

McGuire’s Emotional Tribute to Burrow

Speaking on Sky Sports’ The Verdict just three days after the news of Burrow’s passing, an emotional McGuire paid tribute to his diminutive but courageous friend. “He was the smallest on the pitch, but he was the toughest,” said McGuire. “When people ask me who’s the toughest player I’ve played with, he’s probably just in front of Jamie Peacock.”

McGuire spent ten seasons alongside the legendary Peacock, from 2006 to 2015, but believes Burrow’s sheer bravery and willingness to put his body on the line sets him apart. “Because he just, you know, he took a fair amount of whacks and he just used to get back up and carry on,” McGuire explained. “He was such a good player that people were targeting him, and they were running at him. He always stood up, he always put his body in front in a game that’s physical and tough. Never shirked a collision and that’s why his teammates appreciated more than anything.”

“He was the smallest on the pitch, but he was the toughest.”

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Burrow’s extraordinary trait of fearlessness and resilience in the face of physical adversity remained with him long after his playing days, endearing him to the rugby league community as he courageously battled motor neurone disease.

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