FORMER LEEDS Rhinos captain Danny McGuire and Castleford Tigers half-back Luke Gale have been included among five rugby league “personalities of 2017”.
The duo are selected in the newly-published Rugby League Yearbook 2017-2018 (League Express, £17.99) as individuals who made the biggest impact on the sport over the past 12 months.
The Yearbook describes Rhinos’ 2017 title win as “probably their most remarkable” and a Hollywood farewell for Hull KR-bound McGuire and fellow stalwart Rob Burrow, who retired after Leeds’ Grand Final victory over Castleford.
Gale was chosen after a remarkable season during which he kicked the golden point drop goal which took Tigers to Old Trafford, just 16 days after undergoing emergency appendix surgery and won the Man of Steel award as Castleford finished 10 points clear in the Super League table.
The three other personalities of the year are former Castleford and Leeds hooker Shaun Lunt who was instrumental in Hull KR’s promotion back to the top-flight at the first attempt, ex-Tigers half-back Marc Sneyd – winner of the Lance Todd trophy as Challenge Cup final man of the match for the second successive season – and Toronto Wolfpack founder Eric Perez.
The 2017 Yearbook, the 22nd produced by League Express, is a comprehensive account of last season at all levels of the British game including a statistical review of every club.