Rob Burrow held back tears as he took to the field with his three children in tow for a fundraising match after the Leeds Rhinos legend was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
The 37-year-old has recently been diagnosed with the incurable disease, which is a degenerative condition which affects how nerves in the brain and spinal cord work.
Burrow retired from the sport in 2017 and has since taken up a role in coaching the Rhinos’ reserves. The former scrum half initially thought he had a viral infection before tests confirmed he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
A special pre-season friendly between the Rhinos and Bradford Bulls sees Burrow put the boots on to raise money for the Rob Burrow Fund. The game is being played as a testimonial for Jamie Jones-Buchanan at a sold out Headingley Stadium.
Burrow stepped out after Jones-Buchanan with his three children – Macy, eight, Maya, four and one-year-old Jackson. Macy and Maya brought the match ball onto the pitch before the game kicked off.
Since Burrow went public with the illness, his fund has raised over £235,000 from 9,500 donors. Sporting greats have pledged their support for one of the sport’s most popular figures, including former England captain Wayne Rooney.
Ex-England rugby star Jason Robinson also shared his support of Burrow, tweeting a clip from Headingley Stadium which read: Showing our love & support for 2 @leedsrhinos legends at a full Headingley Stadium!! Great to see everyone getting behind JJB & @Rob7Burrow. X’
Super League also shared a video of Jones-Buchanan taking to the field followed by Burrow, with Headingley on its feet to welcome the two legends. Burrow spent his entire career at Leeds and made 492 appearances as well as winning 15 caps for England and five for Great Britain.
— Jason Robinson OBE (@Jason15Robinson) January 12, 2020