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Danny Buderus believes round the world flight is “small price to pay” to pay tribute to Rob Burrow

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Danny Buderus is one of the all-time greats of Australian Rugby League. The 2004 Dally M Player of the Year, and three times Dally M Hooker of the Year, had a long and distinguished career in the NRL with the Newcastle Knights. He also played for the Leeds Rhinos and was a teammate of Rob Burrow.

Buderus flew to the UK to take part in the tributes to Burrow, following his tragic passing from Motor Neurone Disease at the age of 41. A packed Headingley Stadium paid a moving tribute to Burrow last night, which also saw 80 of Burrow’s former teammates reunite as part of the celebration of Burrow’s life.

Buderus won a Grand Final with the Rhinos in 2011 and played a part in arguably the greatest Grand Final try, laying on the final pass for Burrow on halfway, as the Leeds legend danced his way through the St Helens defence and into the Rugby League history books.

Buderus was interviewed on the picthside at Headingley before Leeds’ 18-10 win over the Leigh Leopards, appearing alongside former teammate Danny McGuire.

Danny Buderus believes trip was a small price to pay to make Rob Burrow Tribute

Danny Buderus

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Interviewed as part of the Sky Sports coverage of the game, Buderus reflected on his time at Leeds and his relationship with Rob Burrow. Buderus travelled from Australia to be part of the celebration of Burrow’s life. However, he believes the sacrifice made to be there was a small price to pay to join the tributes to Burrow. Buderus said:

“It’s a small price to pay to get on a plane for a day and come over here. It’s just been so good to go around and see all the familiar faces. Jonesy rang me and said, this is probably impossible, but I said it is possible, so let’s make it happen. I’m very privileged and honoured to be here tonight.”

“He looked after me but he’s always at people in the dressing room but on the field, he was always going to win a game or to win a moment so he had plenty of those. A lot of success was down to Rob in how he played the game.

“A lot of opposition coaches and opposition back-rowers tried to target Rob, but he’d always sit him on the backside. So he always held his hands up, and he’s a special player, a special person.

Buderus had the “best seat in the house” for the greatest Grand Final Try

Danny Buderus Danny McGuire Rob Burrow Carl Ablett

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Buderus missed Leeds’ 2009 Super League Grand Final triumph with a broken leg. But he was able to lift silverware in Blue and Amber as part of the Leeds side which made history in winning the 2011 Grand Final, having finished fifth in the table.

As mentioned above, Buderus claimed a try assist for Burrow’s legendary try, passing him the ball on halfway. Buderus stated that he had the best seat in the house for Burrow’s try and that watching his duck and weave his way through the St Helens is a memory that he will cherish forever.

“I had the best seat in the house there. I just watched him swerving and ducking, everything that he was great at. He made that his Field of Dreams that night and he made a moment for us that we can always cherish.”

“Over in Australia, it was huge news and right to the last breath I spoke about how he always held his hands up Rob and things are going against him and he did that right to the last breath and for me to see that from over there. He’s just a special person and a special talent and he’ll always be remembered for the legacy that he built at Leeds Rhinos.”

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