Brothers in arms

Former team-mates reunited at Headingley

Last Updated: 12/07/12 9:20am

McGuire and Taylor: Reunited

As teenagers Danny McGuire and Lewis Taylor played at the Leeds academy together, but since those days they have gone on very different journeys.

"as long as you are playing rugby league with a band of players - a band of brothers - week in and week out, putting your lives on the line and wearing you're heart on the sleeve, then there is no difference."

Lewis Taylor

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While McGuire went on to star for the Rhinos, winning five Grand Finals and representing England and Great Britain, Taylor travelled the world with the Royal Navy as a leading aircraft technician. But the two were reunited as Leeds supported the recent Armed Forces Day.

Although the RNRM Rugby League Origin between the East and the West was moved from Headingley to Kirkstall due to the wet conditions, Leeds wore special shirts for their home Super League clash with Hull FC with some of the proceeds from the game going to Armed Forces charities.

"It is a great pleasure to be back," Taylor told Boots 'n' All. "Towards the end of his academy days, Danny broke into the first team much earlier than most and I was in the set of fresh new lads coming in."

Sign-up

Taylor went on to play semi-professionally for Keighley and then Wales under Stuart Wilkinson. It so happened that the Wales vice coach was a chief petty officer in the Navy and after a few beers in a bar in Scotland, Taylor jumped at the chance to sign up. But that did not mean an end to his rugby playing days.

"I am almost playing as much rugby now as I was when I was a civilian," he said. "You can build yourself up all the way past Navy standard to the combined services and Great Britain armed forces."

Both McGuire and Taylor were celebrating as Leeds won and Taylor's West team beat the East to take the Origin trophy. And McGuire was delighted his side could help support the Armed Forces Day.

"It is a fantastic concept and for any of the armed forces guys to be able to come to the game," said McGuire. "With some of the proceeds going to Help for Heroes as well it is a fantastic concept and great for the club to buy into that."

Playing

Taylor enjoyed his return to Headingley but insisted he insisted he did not miss playing for the Rhinos - so long as he was playing rugby league somewhere.

"Being in the armed forces and playing first team for Leeds Rhinos week in and week out, it is only the jersey that changes," Taylor added.

"Any rugby league player from Leeds, up north or all over the world for that matter, as long as you are playing rugby league with a band of players - a band of brothers - week in and week out, putting your lives on the line and wearing you're heart on the sleeve, then there is no difference.

"When you are on the field there is no difference between who you are, just a different standard."