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McDermott against McGuire match ban

Leeds Rhinos Coach Brian McDermott has hit out at the one match ban given to stand-off Danny McGuire for a reckless tackle in last week's play-off win against the Catalans Dragons.

McDermott says the Rugby League is in danger of taking the contact out of what is a contact sport. The ban means McGuire will miss this Friday's semi-final at Wigan, and the coach admits Leeds will miss him.

McGuire handed testimonial reward

Danny McGuire Credit: Press Association

Leeds Rhinos half-back Danny McGuire has been granted a testimonial by the Rugby Football League. The 29-year-old, who has been ruled out of the Challenge Cup final with a knee injury, joined Leeds when he was 13 and has gone on to score 220 tries for the club.

As a result, he is the joint leading scorer in the history of the Super League, while he has won five Super League titles with the club. The testimonial will start from September 1 and will run for a year.

"It is a huge privilege for me to be granted a testimonial by the RFL and I would like to thank them for that," said McGuire. "Testimonials are still invaluable to players in our sport. We won't be able to retire when we finish playing like footballers."