Castleford Tigers star Paul McShane with touchingly honest tribute to Rob Burrow ahead of Leeds Rhinos clash

Day One of this year’s Magic Weekend is not only set to be a massive match but also a great looking match.

Both Leeds and Castleford have produced amazing kits for the Magic Weekend with Leeds set to don a bright yellow jersey with the Tigers set to wear a stylish and sleek kit.

But what makes both kits even more special is the fact they’re tributes to Leeds legend Rob Burrow with money from every shirt sale going toward Motor Neurone Disease charities as Burrow continues to fight the disease he was diagnosed with back in December 2019.

That’s why Leeds’ shirt was designed by Burrow’s three children with a blue seven across the front.

At a photoshoot for the two shirts, Castleford put together a lovely tribute to Burrow as their star players spoke warmly about the former Leeds number seven.

The most honest and real tribute came from Burrow’s former teammate Paul McShane.

In the tribute he spoke about how welcoming Burrow was whilst he came through the ranks at Leeds in a tribute where you could really see McShane reminiscing.

“One of the main players who really made me enjoy my time as a young kid coming into that environment,” McShane said, “As a young kid it can be quite daunting but he put an arm round me and made me feel comfortable, maybe too comfortable at times always laughing and joking.”

“What Rob and people in the rugby community have done to raise money for the charities is amazing and stuff like this, I think it’s awesome.”

There was also a lovely tribute from outside back Mahe Fonua: “He’s given so much to the game, he’s done so much for our game. It’s really an honour.”

So, it’s clear that Burrow is still very highly thought of in Super League by those who played alongside him and against him especially by those who ply their trade in his home town of Castleford.

The Leeds legend has inspired so many people in the last three years including these jerseys. They should be a part of a great spectacle and hopefully it will again help raise more money and awareness to combat the disease.

You can watch the full tribute here:

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