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Rugby League fans and players pay tribute to Rob Burrow ahead of the Challenge Cup final between Wigan and Warrington at Wembley after he died aged 41 after a five-year battle with MND.


Rugby League has paid tribute to the late Rob Burrow ahead of Saturday’s Challenge Cup final between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves at Wembley.

Burrow died last weekend aged 41 after a five-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND).

Burrow won two Challenge Cups with Leeds Rhinos during his glittering career and ahead of Saturday’s final, both sets of players took to the pitch in shirts to raise awareness of MND.

Fans and players then observed a minute’s silence following the opening round of applause for the hugely popular Rugby League great.

Signs honoring Burrow were also raised in the crowd.

Fans and players observed a minute’s silence for Rugby League great Rob Burrow following his death last weekend

Players could be seen wearing T-shirts to raise awareness of MND before the game started

Players could be seen wearing T-shirts to raise awareness of MND before the game started

Signs were held up in the crowd in honor of the Rugby League legend

Signs were held up in the crowd in honor of the Rugby League legend

Burrow died last weekend aged 41 after a five-year battle with MND

Burrow died last weekend aged 41 after a five-year battle with MND

The final then kicked off at 3.07pm – seven minutes later than originally scheduled – with a nod to the number Burrow wore throughout his playing career from 2001 to 2017.

Just two years after bringing his career to the fore, Burrow was diagnosed with MND.

Following his diagnosis, Burrow – along with his close friend and former Leeds team-mate Kevin Sinfield – raised £15m for MND charities.

Sinfield carried Burrow across the finish line in an incredibly touching moment at the inaugural Leeds Marathon last year.

He paid an emotional tribute to Burrow last Sunday, hailing his «little pal» as «the toughest and bravest man I’ve ever met».

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The sentiment was shared by the rest of the Rugby League community, with thousands of fans flocking to Leeds’ home ground, Headingley, earlier this week to lay flowers and messages for the Burrow family.

Burrow’s wife Lindsey and their three children Macy, Maya and Jackson also laid flowers at Headingley on Tuesday.

Fans laid flowers, shirts and scarves at the statue just outside Wembley Stadium

Fans laid flowers, shirts and scarves at the statue just outside Wembley Stadium

More flowers, shirts and scarves were laid at the statue just outside Wembley Stadium on Saturday ahead of the Challenge Cup final.

Football also honored Burrow with a minute’s ovation on Monday night before England take on Bosnia and Herzegovina at St James’ Park.

In the seventh minute of the Premiership final between Northampton and Bath at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon, fans rose to applaud both Burrow and Rugby Union.



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