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Challenge Cup final kick-off moved in touching tribute to Rob Burrow

Rob Burrow on the screen at Wembley Stadium

The RFL have confirmed this weekend’s Challenge Cup final between Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors will now kick off at a later time of 3:07pm, in a celebration of the life of the remarkable Rob Burrow, who wore number seven throughout his career.

Supporters will be able to leave tributes at the Rugby League Statue outside Wembley Stadium from 9.45am on Saturday morning, offering supporters a chance to do what has been done at Headingley Stadium since the news of Burrows passing broke on Sunday.

The Wembley crowd has also been invited to join in one minute’s applause after seven minutes of each of the games throughout the Finals Day.

There will also be one minute’s silence before the Men’s and Women’s Challenge Cup Finals, following Abide with Me, the hymn with so much history in the Challenge Cup.

This was sung by Lizzie Jones before the 2015 final, just months after her husband, Danny, had suffered a cardiac arrest in a match between Keighley Cougars and London Skolars, before passing away.

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Challenge Cup in historic break with tradition

Rob Burrow scores a try at Wembley.

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Rugby League will again show its support for the MND Association, after supporting it during the 2020 final, soon after Rob Burrow ‘s diagnosis.

Players and match officials in all four finals will be involved in the latest demonstration of that support.

Rhodri Jones, the Managing Director of RL Commercial, said:

“Once the shock and sadness of Sunday night’s news had sunk in, we recognised the responsibility to provide a fitting celebration of a Rugby League superhero.

“We are grateful to BBC Sport and Wembley Stadium for their support – and to all involved with the six clubs and two schools who will be playing at Wembley on Saturday.

“Challenge Cup Final day has a great tradition of the Rugby League family coming together – this year, for reasons none would have chosen, we will be united in grief, but also in paying suitable tribute to a player who has transcended the sport.”

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