Prince and Princess of Wales pay touching tribute to Rob Burrow who taught us all to 'dare to dream'

Rob Burrow (centre) is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) by the Prince of Wales (second right) as Kevin Sinfield (right) and Rob Burrow's wife Lindsey Burrow and children Maya (left) and Macy look on
-Credit: (Image: Phil Noble/PA Wire)


The Prince and Princess of Wales have paid tribute to former Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow’s “huge heart” in a personally signed message.

The rugby league star, who raised £20million and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease after his diagnosis in 2019, has died aged 41. His former club, Leeds Rhinos, confirmed the news in a statement shared earlier this evening .

Tributes have flooded from far and wide in for Rob, who campaigned tirelessly following his diagnosis. In a personally signed message on X, Prince William paid tribute to Rob’s “huge heart” and said that he has taught us all to “dare to dream”.

Read more: Leeds Rhinos' heartbreaking tribute to 'true inspiration' Rob Burrow - statement in full

The message reads: “A legend of Rugby League, Rob Burrow had a huge heart. He taught us, ‘in a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream.’ Catherine and I send our love to Lindsey, Jackson, Maya and Macy. W”

The message was personally signed off by William, with a “W”. In January of this year the Prince of Wales met and awarded Rob with a CBE, for his fundraising work alongside former teammate and friend, Kevin Sinfield .

Get all the latest and breaking news in Leeds by signing up to our newsletter here.