McGuire backs Burrow for England return
Rob Burrow dropped a timely hint to England head coach Steve McNamara with a Grand Final-winning performance for Leeds Rhinos.
The 29-year-old former Great Britain scrum-half has been in the international wilderness since winning the last of his eight caps for England in the 2008 World Cup.
He was recently dropped from McNamara’s elite training squad in favour of St Helens’ promising half-back Jonny Lomax but played himself back into contention with a brilliant solo contribution to Leeds’ glorious 32-16 win over Saints at Old Trafford.
McNamara will name his 24-man squad for the Gillette Four Nations Series at a press conference in Leeds tomorrow morning and Rhinos stand-off Danny McGuire believes his long-term team-mate should be in it.
“I’ve always been Rob’s biggest fan,” McGuire said. “We’ve played together since we were young lads and we’ve always been so tight and worked so hard for each other.
“I’d have him in any team, I’d have him in a world team because of the things he can do that not many people can.”
Burrow has not started a match for Leeds for two months but he has made a habit of turning games from the bench.
His introduction at Wembley sparked a fightback that almost brought the Rhinos a Carnegie Challenge Cup final victory over Wigan Warriors and his 99th appearance as a substitute dramatically transformed the 14th Grand Final.
His trademark darting run earned him the only try of the first half and he produced another searing break to set up a sensational score for winger Ryan Hall that restored Leeds’ lead 11 minutes from the end.
Burrow’s efforts made him a unanimous choice for the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match, uniquely winning all 37 votes from journalists, to take the prestigious award for the second time in five years.
“He’s come off the bench and lit us up,” added McGuire. “He’s been outstanding.
“Two bits of magic for two tries, in big games like that, in a really tight game, it takes a special player to do that. It shows what a fantastic player he is.”