Rob Burrow's loved ones and fans get chance to say final goodbye at rugby hero's funeral

Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain Rugby League player Rob Burrow's funeral is today, July 7
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The funeral of rugby league legend Rob Burrow will take place today with loved ones saying a final goodbye on a very special day especially selected in the history of the sportsman.

The former Leeds Rhinos star passed away last month at the age of 41, after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2019.

As well as being one of the greatest all time players for the club, father-of-three Rob became an inspiration for his tireless campaign work raising awareness and millions of pounds for research into the degenerative condition, reports the Mirror.

Today, July 7, family and friends will be attending Rob's funeral at Pontefract Crematorium, in Pontefract, West Yorkshire. The date marks Rob Burrow Day - the annual celebration held by Leeds Rhinos since 2021 in honour of the iconic scrum half, who wore a number 7 shirt throughout his successful career.

Leeds Rhinos have told fans that the crematorium service will be "for invited guests only" but members of the public have been invited to line the route during Rob's "final journey", the details of which have been published online.

His funeral is expected to draw huge crowds of mourners who have been touched by Rob's story. Following his diagnosis just two years into his retirement, the Rugby star dedicated his final years to raising awareness of MND - a rare neurodegenerative condition that affects the brain and nerves and causes their muscles to weaken and stiffen.

Rob Burrow died at the age of 41
Rob Burrow died at the age of 41 -Credit:PA Wire

This life-shortening illness impacts everything from speech to movement and, sadly, there is no cure. Motor Neurone Disease Association patron Rob was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2021 New Year's Honours List, both for his outstanding services to Rugby League and the MND community.

In 2023, Rob was also chosen as a winner of a Special Recognition Award at the Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards alongside his wife Lindsey, and their good friend Kevin Sinfield.

At the time of the awards ceremony, the determined trio had raised more than £13 million for MND charities, with fundraising efforts including everything from ultramarathons to horse racing. This figure has since surpassed the £15 million mark, which includes the £6 million used to build the Leeds-based Rob Burrow Centre for MND.

Speaking during an appearance on Lorraine last month, Rob's widow Lindsey spoke about her desire to continue her husband's legacy. Lindsey, who is mum to Rob's three children Macy, Maya, and Jackson, said: "It has been a tough few weeks but I know Rob would want us to be happy and I am determined to make Rob proud and to live on his legacy.

"He might have been small in stature but he was a giant of a man and just an incredible inspiration to us all. He had such an amazing career and then to be the face of the MND [Motor Neurone Disease] community in such difficult circumstances, and for him to open his doors and show the world at a time where he was at his most vulnerable was a really courageous and brave thing to do."

She continued: Rob taught us so much. He taught us to be positive in his final message about being brave and facing our fears, Rob lived that to every word and he will continue to live on with us - he will be with us every step of the way."

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