McGuire expects tough French exam at the Keepmoat

Leeds Rhinos Grand Final winning stand-off Danny McGuire believes Catalans Dragons’ run in the end of season play-offs will make France a much greater threat in the upcoming Gillette Four Nations.

McGuire, one of five Leeds Rhinos players named in the 24 man England squad, was Man of the Match against the Dragons in the Qualifying Semi Final and thinks that France will benefit from the inclusion of 15 Catalans players.

“I think they will be full of confidence,” said McGuire. “The way Catalans performed in the back end of the year was as good as everyone in Super League. They gave us a very tough time at Headingley Carnegie and they’ll want to carry that form into these internationals.

“France are always a big physical side with a big pack and they’ve got creative players as well. It’s going to be a very dangerous game for us.”

England beat France earlier this year in the Gillette Fusion International, however McGuire knows that victory in Paris will have no bearing over next Friday’s result at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium.

“They are going to be a lot more dangerous this time around.

“We beat them pretty convincingly in the mid season Test but they were missing quite a few of their experienced players and they’ve now also got Clint Greenshields to throw into the mix. He’s a top quality player and one of Catalans’ best players so he’ll add a lot to their side.

“It will be a different type of game to the mid season Test. There’s going to be more competition in it because it’s the start of the Four Nations and France will still be hurting from that defeat in June. Nobody likes having 60 points put on them and they’ll be desperate to put it right. That gives them some extra motivation for this game.”

Tickets for England’s opening fixture against France in the Gillette Four Nations at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium are available from £20 and £10 for concessions. Season ticket holders at all engage Super League and Co-operative Championship clubs can buy tickets from just £10.

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