Leeds Rhinos announce plans to celebrate Rob Burrow’s life at game against Leigh Leopards

Leeds will celebrate the life of former player Rob Burrow at their match against Leigh later this month. Burrow, who made nearly 500 appearances for the Rhinos, died on Sunday at the age of 41, four-and-a-half years after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Burrow’s battle and fundraising efforts in tandem with former Rhinos team-mate Kevin Sinfield touched people well beyond rugby league and he has been honoured across sport since his death. Leeds’ match against the Leopards will be played on June 21, which is Global MND Awareness Day.

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File photo dated 09/10/21 of Rob Burrow who has died at the age of 41, his former club Leeds Rhinos have announced. The former rugby league player, died four-and-a-half years after his motor neurone disease diagnosis. Issue date: Sunday June 2, 2024. -Credit:PA Wire/PA Images

Burrow’s former team-mates will return to Headingley to remember their friend while the Rhinos will wear a special shirt designed by MND sufferer Cath Muir from Yorkshire. The kit, which was approved by Burrow several months ago, features an image of the former half-back alongside Sinfield and a blue cornflower, the symbol of hope for MND.

Ten pounds from the sale of every replica shirt will be donated to the Leeds Hospitals Charity appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND. Construction work on the centre poignantly began on Monday. The Rhinos will also welcome members of the MND community to the game against the Leopards to raise awareness and funds for those impacted by the disease.