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Rob Burrow makes an emotional return to Headingley for the Leeds Rhinos game

The Leeds Rhinos legend saw his beloved team beat Huddersfield tonight. He was given a hero’s welcome as he addressed his adoring fans on the field.

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Rob Burrow made an incredibly emotional return to Headingley tonight as Leeds Rhinos overcame Huddersfield Giants.

The former Rhinos player was accompanied to the stadium by his family and friends upon the release of his Autobiography “Too Many Reasons to Live.”

The 38-year-old is battling motor neurone disease (MND), which he was diagnosed with in 2019.

He is confined to a wheelchair and only able to communicate through an eye-driven device.






Burrow is taken care of by his wife Lindsey, who wheeled him into the stadium in front of his adoring fans.

He gave a defiant speech to the crowd, insisting he will “never give up” in his fight against the disease.

His three children were also in attendance and they presented the match ball to referee Ben Thaler ahead of the Rhinos’ game against Huddersfield.

Chants for Burrow rang around the stadium during the seventh minute, in reference to the number he wore for Leeds Rhinos.









His former side emerged victorious by 18 points to 12 on the back of tries from Ash Handley, Richie Myler and Robert Lui.

The veteran of more than 500 rugby league games won the Super League eight times with Leeds.

He also represented England as well as Great Britain, in a career that spanned 16 years.



Rob Burrow won eight Super League titles with Leeds Rhinos in a glittering career
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In his book, the former half-back claimed the Covid-19 lockdowns helped speed up his decline after he was diagnosed with MND.

Burrow said he believes spending so much time indoors unable to do much accelerated the speed at which the disease affected him.

He said: “When the first lockdown kicked in, I was stuck indoors for weeks. People couldn’t visit because we were concerned they might kill me.

“I loved spending so much time with Lindsey and the kids but I think lockdown accelerated my decline. Just like a lot of people, I found it too easy to sit on the sofa doing nothing.”



Burrow was given a rousing reception by fans as his made his return to watch his beloved team
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Despite the fact there is no known cure for the disease, the father of three refuses to give in and believes he has a “responsibility to stick around”.

“MND picked on the wrong guy,” he said. “I can’t keep dodging the disease forever but it won’t stop me trying.”

As well as telling his life story, Burrows’ book was created to raise funds for and awareness of the MND Association, which is very close to his heart.




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