Rob Burrow dies after long battle with motor neurone disease

Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain rugby league legend Rob Burrow has passed away.

Burrow, aged 41, had been living with motor neurone disease (MND) since receiving the diagnosis in late 2019.

The diagnosis arrived just two years after his retirement from the sport, following an illustrious 17-year career that saw him secure eight Super League Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges, and two Challenge Cups.

The news of Burrow’s passing was announced by Leeds Rhinos, who described their former scrum-half as “a true source of inspiration throughout his life, whether it was on the rugby league field or during his battle with MND”.

In 2022, Burrow was honored with the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year event, with his former Leeds teammate Kevin Sinfield also receiving recognition.

Burrow received the award for his tireless fundraising efforts and for raising awareness about MND while bravely confronting the disease himself.

Burrow dedicated his entire club career to Leeds, making over 400 appearances between 2001 and 2017.

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