Leeds Rhinos: Greatest stage for McGuire to reach memorable milestone

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THE DECISION to rest Danny McGuire last weekend means he is set to reach a major milestone on rugby league’s biggest stage.

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Danny McGuire

Danny McGuire

McGuire will make his 400th career appearance in Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final against Hull KR.

The Rhinos half-back has played 372 games for Leeds since 2001, to go with representative appearances for Great Britain (12 Tests, 2004 and 2006-2007), England (seven games, 2008-2009), England ‘A’ (six games, 2002-2003) and England under-21s (two games, 2001).

Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker and centre Kallum Watkins are both closing in on a career century of tries.

Hardaker’s total stands at 98, including 65 tries for Leeds since 2011, to go with representative scores for England (three, 2012-2013) and England Knights (two, 2012). He also scored 28 tries for previous club Featherstone Rovers (2010-2011).

Watkins – who has crossed in all Rhinos’ Challenge Cup ties so far this season – is on 99 career touchdowns.

He has scored 91 tries for Leeds since 2008, to go with eight for England since 2012.

Rival centre Kris Welham needs one try to reach 100 for Hull KR. His 99 touchdowns have come in 186 games since 2006.

Rhinos’ other centre, Joel Moon, has yet to miss a Challenge Cup tie his side has been involved in, since joining from Salford in 2012.

Moon’s run of consecutive appearances in the competition includes two games for Salford that season and then 10 for Rhinos since 2013.

Winger Ryan Hall has played in 29 consecutive Challenge Cup ties for Leeds.

The last Rhinos game Hall missed in the competition was a fourth round win against Celtic Crusaders in 2008, the tie in which Watkins made his debut.

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