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Rob Burrow funeral: Crowds pay tribute to Leeds Rhinos star and MND activist

Rob Burrow funeral: Crowds pay tribute to Leeds Rhinos star and MND activist

Rob Burrow: Rugby icon, campaigner and family manpublished at 11:52

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Burrow spent 16 years at Leeds Rhinos

Born in Pontefract on 26 September 1982, Rob Burrow was involved in the sport from a young age.

He spent his entire professional career with Leeds Rhinos, making almost 500 appearances during his 16 years at the club.

At 5’5″ (1.65 m) tall, he was known as one of the smallest players in the Super League, but despite this, he was one of the most successful.

He has won eight Super League championships, two Challenge Cups, been named in the Super League Dream Team three times and won the Harry Sunderland Trophy twice.

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Lindsey Burrow with Kevin Sinfield and husband Rob

It was in December 2019 — just two years after retiring from professional rugby — that the former scrum-half was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Next up was a fundraiser for the MND Association, with teammate and friend Kevin Sinfield taking part in back-to-back ultramarathons to raise money.

Burrow, who was supported by his wife Lindsey and the couple’s three children, was appointed MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours for his services to sport and his work in the MND community.

The pair were awarded CBEs for their fundraising efforts in the 2024 New Year Honours.