Danny McGuire Passes the Torch to Super League’s Next Try-Scoring King

In this exclusive interview with, Danny McGuire sheds light on his career and the emergence of Super League’s next try-scoring sensation.

Neil Goulding
Neil Goulding

Last Updated: 2024-03-06

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Danny McGuire with Stanley Gene and David Hodgson

In the ever-evolving landscape of rugby league, transitions are inevitable. As Danny McGuire’s reign as Super League’s King of Tries nears its end, the torchbearer for try-scoring excellence is poised to emerge. In an exclusive interview with, McGuire reflects on his illustrious career, record-breaking achievements, and the promising future of the sport.

The Legacy of a Legend 

Danny McGuire, a legendary figure in English rugby league, bid farewell to his playing career in 2019 after amassing an incredible 247 competition tries. McGuire’s journey has been nothing short of extraordinary, starting with his first try as a young adolescent against Widnes in 2002 and ending with his last four-pointer while wearing the Hull KR jersey against the Catalans Dragons 17 years later.  

Setting Records and Making History 

The former Leeds Rhinos player made Super League history in 2012 when he overtook his old teammate Keith Senior's record of 199 tries scored to become the first player to reach the double-century mark. Since then, Josh Charnley and Ryan Hall, two wingers who are expected to surpass McGuire's milestone this season, have entered the exclusive 200-club. 

Embracing Transition

As McGuire settled into this role as assistant coach for Castleford Tigers, he acknowledged the inevitability of his record being surpassed. “I have had the record for a long time, and it was inevitable at some point someone was going to come along and break it,” McGuire humbly admits. “But I am content to pass on the baton to whoever gets there first.”   

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I would be really pleased for Hally.

Danny McGuire on his preferred successor

Paving the Way for Success

Reflecting on the potential successors, McGuire paid tribute to his close friend and former teammate Ryan Hall as a deserving candidate. “I would be really pleased for Hally,” McGuire expressed. “He is one of my best pals, so if I am being honest, I would be happy to pass it over to him first.”  

A Legacy of Teamwork and Dedication 

During their time together at the Leeds Rhinos, McGuire and Hall forged a strong collaboration that helped the side win eight Grand Finals between 2004 and 2017. McGuire's lasting influence on the game was shown in his try-double in the Rhinos' Old Trafford victory in his final game. 

Image Credit: Danny McGuire’s Twitter (X) Account

Image Credit: Danny McGuire’s Twitter (X) Account

Going Beyond Individual Accolades 

Although individual honours are important, McGuire stressed the value of team accomplishments. “Those memories mean more than try-scoring and records are there to be broken,” he reflected. “Hally’ is a proper team player and I always felt I was the same. Ryan and Josh are wingers, so they are expected to score more tries than us half-backs anyway.” 

A Legacy that Transcends Try-scoring 

Rugby league players will be motivated for years to come by McGuires’s legacy of unmatched skills, unwavering passion, and teamwork as he passes the baton to the next generation of heroes. With McGuire’s preferred replacement ready to take up his legacy with pride and tenacity, the stage is set for a new era of Super League try-scoring brilliance.  

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Neil Goulding
Neil GouldingSenior Sports Reporter

Neil has been a journalist for longer than he'd care to remember, having written for national newspapers and respected publications for over 25 years. For the last three years he has worked freelance for BBC Sport, working on the production desk as a sub-editor and also as a writer, covering a whole range of sports.