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Danny Orr : biography

17 May 1978 -

Danny Orr (born 17 May 1978 in Castleford, West Yorkshire), is an English former rugby league footballer for Castleford in the European Super League. A Great Britain international representative stand-off or scrum half, Orr previously played for Harlequins RL and Wigan. Orr is the current interim Castleford Tigers head coach. Orr in action for Harlequins Danny Orr (left) with Harlequins at the [[Millennium Stadium]] Danny Orr played much of his rugby career for Castleford Tigers, making it into the 2002 Super League Dream Team, before leaving in 2003 to join Wigan Warriors. During this period, he gained many representative honours. In 1997, he was a member of the Great Britain Academy side coached by Mike Gregory, an acquaintance he was to re-establish after joining Wigan. He has gained senior representative experience as well, captaining Yorkshire to victory in the 2003 Origin match. He has played for England and also for Great Britain in the 2002 series against New Zealand.

Danny decided to leave Castleford Tigers at the end of the 2003 Super League season, signing a 4 year deal with Wigan. His last game for the club was against Wigan in the final league match of the 2003 season. He said that the decision was "exceptionally difficult" but added: "I wish to make a totally clean break from Castleford and move with my family to the most famous and successful rugby league club in the world."

Wigan coach of the time Stuart Raper commented: "Danny is a very good all round player who will be an asset to any side and I am pleased that he has chosen Wigan. He will blend very well into our line-up."

Despite some good performances towards the end of the 2006 season Wigan decided to allow Orr to leave Wigan, some reports suggested Orr did not want to leave Wigan but he was sold to Harlequins Rugby League on 12 October 2006. Orr signed a three-year deal with the Harlequins starting in 2007 and will be replaced at Wigan by Trent Barrett.

Danny Orr will rejoin his hometown club Castleford Tigers from 2011 after signing a one-year deal. In July 2011, he signed a one year extension to his deal, keeping him at his homewtown club for the 2012 season.

Danny Orr announced on Thursday 26 July 2012 that he would retire at the end of the Super League season to take up an Assistant Coaches job with Castleford Tigers, thus ending his 16 year professional career.

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