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Rugby league player Rob Burrow dies age 41 after battle with motor neurone disease


Former England international Rob Burrow has died at the age of 41 after a lengthy battle with motor neurone disease.

Burrow spent his entire rugby league career with Leeds Rhinos and helped them win eight Super League titles.

He retired in 2017 but two years later it was revealed Burrow had been diagnosed with MND and, after he raised millions to help build a new care centre for MND patients alongside former team-mate Kevin Sinfield, his death was confirmed by his former club on Sunday evening.

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A Leeds Rhinos statement read: “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of our beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend.

“Rob has always been a true inspiration throughout his life whether that was on the rugby league field or during his battle with mnd (motor neurone disease).

“He never allowed others to define what he could achieve and believed in his own ability to do more.



“The outpouring of love and support that rob and the whole burrow family have received over the last four and half years meant so much to Rob.

“In particular, the rugby league family and the mnd community have rallied around rob to inspire him, thank you for your support.

“For those who knew Rob throughout his life, his determination and spirit in the face of mnd over the last four and half years came as no surprise.

“Rob never accepted that he couldn’t do something, he just found his own way of doing it better than anyone else.

“He will continue to inspire us all every day. In a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream.”

Following confirmation of Burrow’s death, the MND Association paid tribute to Burrow in a statement of their own, where they expressed their gratitude for all he has done in the fight against the disease.

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