Leeds name McGuire as new captain

Leeds Rhinos have named Danny McGuire as the club’s new captain.

The 33 year-old takes over as skipper from Kevin Sinfield who left the club at the end of last season to join rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie.

McGuire, who spent his entire career with the Rhinos, has won seven Super League Grand Finals, three World Club Challenge titles and two Challenge Cups with his hometown club since making his debut in 2002.

The half-back is also Super League’s all time leading try scorer and made 34 appearances for Leeds last year, scoring 18 tries in total.

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott told the club’s website: “This was obviously a very important decision and one that took some serious consideration. We have a number of leaders and experienced players within our group and I am sure each would have been proud to have been captain.”

McGuire added:  “This is a massive privilege and honour for me. I have always been proud to play for my home town and it is brilliant to now be captain for the 2016 season. I have some big shoes to fill in following Kevin Sinfield but I am sure, with the support of my team mates, the club and our brilliant supporters we can all continue to do our city proud this year and beyond.”

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