BRONCOS forward Josh McGuire will go into battle against Parramatta on Anzac Day knowing he is playing rugby league for a living because of the ultimate sacrifices made by men and women for their loved ones and country.
McGuire will dedicate his performance tomorrow to his hero, his father Adam and all the men and women who have served and are still serving Australia.
Big rugby league clashes are often glorified as "wars and battles". But McGuire, whose family lost members to the Great War and other battles, says it's just a game, a game you play hard.
"We're playing this game on Anzac Day to show respect for those men and women. It's a day for Australia (and New Zealand) to come together and celebrate," he said.
"It's a hard day. There are families, mums and dads who have to pick up the pieces because men and women have been lost in war. It's a special day to celebrate but it's a day also to remember and pay tribute to those guys, men and women, who made the ultimate sacrifice."
His dad - a mad Parramatta supporter and a NSW fan through and through - will be at the game.
"Dad never really told us much about the war because he didn't want to worry us as kids," says the hard-nosed prop who is tipped for an Origin call-up next month.
"We've lost a lot of family members to the tragedies of war but their sacrifices give us this great country we live in today. I could not be prouder of my dad and the love I have for him and family. What they did for us, words can't describe."
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