Rob Burrow was a rugby league giant and a most extraordinary man | Donald McRae

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A flickering fire burned inside the inspirational former Leeds scrum-half despite the gravity of his MND diagnosis

I first interviewed Rob Burrow in April 2021. Rob, by then, could no longer talk and, in his wheelchair, he could barely move. Motor neurone disease had made him a prisoner in his own body. I was anxious before we began because it seemed an impossible task. Rob, however, had spent much of his life proving that he could overcome preconceptions.

He was the rugby league giant who, despite being 5ft 5in tall and weighing a shade over 10 stone, had played almost 500 games for Leeds Rhinos, and won eight Super League championships and 18 international caps.

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Written by Donald McRae
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/article/2024/jun/02/rob-burrow-rugby-league-leeds-motor-neurone-disease under the title “Rob Burrow was a rugby league giant and a most extraordinary man | Donald McRae”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.