Leeds Rhinos Golden Generation part 3 - Super League Grand Final heroes from Sean Lunt to Keith Senior

Here is the third part of our look back at the 50 players who have won a Grand Final for Leeds Rhinos.

Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 1:49 pm

Only three of Rhinos' 2021 squad have tasted victory at Old Trafford, but the role call of past champions includes some of the greatest names in recent rugby league history.

Here we look at the 12 players, from Shaun Lunt to Keith Senior.

The final group will appear online tomorrow (Wednesday, February 17).

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WINNERS: Jamie Peacock, Keith Senior and Danny McGuire.

Shaun Lunt: The hooker was hugely influential for Leeds Rhinos during a spell on loan from Huddersfield Giants in 2012, culminating in Grand Final victory. He was recalled by Huddersfield, moved to Hull Kingston Rovers and had a loan stint back at Leeds in 2019 before joining Batley Bulldogs. He will play for Barrow Raiders this year.

Barrie McDermott: A cult hero at Leeds, the former Wigan prop was a substitute at Old Trafford in 2004. He left Leeds at the end of 2005 for a farewell season at Widnes, returned as Rhinos’ head of youth and is now a pundit for Sky Sports.

Danny McGuire: The Leeds-born half-back played in all eight Super League trophy victories, scoring seven tries. Man of the match in 2015 and 2017, he captained the team in the latter, his final game for the club. McGuire moved to Hull KR as a player in 2018 and joined the backroom staff after a two-season swansong. He is now an assistant to coach Tony Smith.

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Danny McGuire scores in the 2017 Grand Final win over Castleford Tigers. Picture by Bruce Rollinson.

Chris McKenna: The Australian centre-turned-second-rower played in Leeds’ 2004 Grand Final success - after signing from Cronulla Sharks - and joined Bradford Bulls after rejecting a new deal in 2015.

Richie Mathers: Academy graduate Mathers was Rhinos’ full-back in their first Grand Final win, in 2004. He left Leeds at the end of 2006 to join Gold Coast Titans and later had spells with Wigan Warriors, Warrington Wolves, Castleford Tigers, Wakefield Trinity, London Broncos and Bradford Bulls. He worked on the staff at Warrington and is now employed outside the game.

Joel Moon: Brought in from Salford, the Aussie scored a try in Rhinos’ treble-clinching 2015 Old Trafford win and featured again, at stand-off, two years later. He left Leeds at the end of 2018 and signed for Queensland Cup side Sunshine Coast Falcons a year later, but retired owing to a knee injury without playing a game.

Anthony Mullally: ‘The vegan warrior’ signed for Leeds from Huddersfield ahead of the 2016 campaign and was a substitute at Old Trafford the following year. He moved to Toronto in 2019 and, after a spell living out of his van in Cornwall, is now with French side Carcassonne.

Richie Mathers shows off his Super League winner's ring. Picture by Steve Riding.

Matt Parcell: The hooker moved to Leeds from Manly Sea Eagles for the 2017 season and was a Dream Team pick and Grand Final winner that year. He joined Hull KR midway through 2019 and is still there.

Jamie Peacock: Leeds’ greatest signing from another club, he won three Super League titles with Bradford, then six for his hometown club. After retiring following the 2015 treble win, he was rugby manager at Hull KR and is now back at Leeds in a marketing role. He is also a motivational speaker.

Willie Poching: New Zealander Poching signed for Leeds from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, played in the 2004 Old Trafford success and had a spell on the coaching staff after retiring. He has held similar roles at various clubs in Super League and rejoined Wakefield at the end of last season.

Chris McKenna evades Jamie Peacock in a 2005 Rhinos-Bulls derby. Both players are among Leeds' 50 Grand Final winners. Picture by Dan Oxtoby.

Nick Scruton: An academy product, Scruton was a 2008 Grand Final winner in his final game for Leeds before joining Bradford. He moved to Wakefield and then Hull KR and retired in 2019 because of a chronic shoulder injury.

Keith Senior: The former Sheffield Eagles centre starred for Leeds in their 2004 Grand Final win and the ‘three-peat’ from 2007-2009, but what proved to be a career-ending knee injury kept him out of the 2011 decider. Senior is now assistant-coach at Sheffield and a player support worker at Rugby League Cares, as well as a tireless charity fundraiser.

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