14th January 2020, 10:09 | englandrl
England winger Jermaine McGillvary enjoyed his Testimonial fixture this past weekend, celebrating his 12th season with boyhood club Huddersfield Giants.
McGillvary made his first team debut in 2010 and was an integral part of the Giants side which lifted the 2013 League Leaders’ Shield. The 31-year-old was also named in the 2015 Super League Dream Team.
On the international stage, McGillvary has appeared for England on 17 occasions, scoring 12 tries and also featured three times for Great Britain Rugby League in their recent tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
Speaking about his Testimonial fixture, McGillvary said: “It was really good. I was expecting a bit less [in attendance] with all the games going on particularly the one over at Leeds for Rob [Burrow] and Jamie Jones but it was better than my expectations and I’m really happy with that as well.”
👏 Congratulations to #EnglandRL's @J_McGillvary who enjoyed his Testimonial fixture this past weekend, celebrating 12 years with @GiantsRL!— England Rugby League (@England_RL) January 14, 2020
💪 Jerry crossed for a try in a 42-6 defeat of @Halifax_RLFC. pic.twitter.com/JAoDzaa7x4
Huddersfield ran out comfortable 42-6 winners over local rivals Halifax to win the 2020 Infirmary Cup, but McGillvary feels there is room for improvement for the Giants.
“I was a little bit rusty but that is to be expected in my first hit-out since my operation. It was good fun and good to see the young lads get out there and blow the cobwebs off.
“You can’t read too much into the result, but it was good to see the combinations flowing a little bit and they’ll improve as we go along before the start of the season.”
Image Credit - Simon Hall