Rest In Peace, Rob Burrow

Everyone at St.Helens R.F.C. is deeply saddened to learn about the passing of Rob Burrow, aged 41.

Rob was a true hero, in every sense of the word.

On the field, Rob was a legend for the Leeds Rhinos across an astonishing 17-year playing career which saw him win; eight Super League titles, three World Club Challenges, and two Challenge Cups. His final match in 2017 saw him bow out with a Grand Final winners’ ring at Old Trafford. Internationally too, Burrow represented England fifteen times and Great Britain on 5 occasions as well.

Two years after his retirement in late 2019, Rob announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease (MND), which sadly this is no cure for.

Alongside the Burrow Family, Rob since his diagnosis has helped raised millions for charities and research regarding MND, with his teammate and close friend Kevin Sinfield undertaking several tough physical challenges, all with the goal of raising funds and profile of MND and the MND Assocation.

Chairman of St.Helens R.F.C. Eamonn McManus commented: “I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone at St.Helens when I express both sorrow on Rob Burrows’ passing and the deepest of sympathy for his family and friends.

“His long fight against MND showed the bravery and spirit which he showed always as a rugby league player throughout his career. He was the nemesis of St Helens on so many big occasions but is remembered only as one of the all time greats by all of our supporters: indeed the biggest of little men.

“He has left an indelible mark on our sport. He has also done so much to further the recognition of the terrible disease which afflicted him, and to assist the research which will save the lives of others in the future. He leaves an unforgettable and unmatchable legacy in so many ways.”

Everyone involved at St.Helens R.F.C. would like to send our deepest condolences to all of Rob’s family, friends and loved ones at this very sad time, and everyone involved at the Leeds Rhinos.

The Rhinos have shared a number of ways that people can donate their tributes if they can and wish to:

  • To donate to the Burrow Family’s Support Fund – please click here.

  • If you would like to support the MND Association with Rob’s Fightback Fund – please click here.

  • The Leeds Hospital Charity has an appeal to build a specialist MND Care Centre in Leeds which will be called the Rob Burrow Centre for MND. To donate to that cause – please click here.

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