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“It will go down in everyone’s hearts” – Keith Senior reflects on last game with Rob Burrow

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Headingley Stadium was charged with emotion last night as the world of Rugby League united to pay tribute to Leeds Rhinos legend, Rob Burrow. The stadium was packed almost to capacity as fans came to pay their own tribute to one of Leeds’ greatest ever players.

As part of the build-up to the game, a number of Burrow’s former teammates paid tribute to Burrow, as around 80 of Burrow’s former colleagues attended the game to share in the celebration of Burrow’s life.

Players such as Danny Buderus and Ali Lauiti’iti flew in from Australia to join the tributes, with Buderus delivering an inspirational speech to the Rhinos side before the game, which Jamie Jones Buchanan highlighted as a key factor in the Rhinos’ brilliant display.

Former Leeds legend Keith Senior also reflected on his relationship with Rob Burrow in the build-up to the game and the moment that will live long in his memory.

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Senior highlights moment which epitomises legacy left by Rob Burrow

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Speaking as part of the build up to the game, which was shown on Sky Sports, Senior reflected on the joint testimonial for Burrow and Jones Buchanan. The game, also held at Headingley, saw a number of the Rhinos’ Golden Generation, pull on a Rhinos shirt for the final time in solidarity with Burrow.

Senior believes that the memory summed up all of the best qualities of the Rugby League community, showing how people will come together to support one of their own. He also beleives it was the perfect demonstration of the high regard in which everyone held Burrow. Senior said:

“Yeah, I think it’ll go down in the memory of a lot of people’s hearts.

“It epitomised the rugby community, not just the teams that played out there, but the rugby community as a whole. You went out into the stadium and there were Leeds fans, Bradford fans, fans of all teams and they all came together in the shirts. I think that just epitomises it well for Rob, everything about him.

“I had to retire from a knee injury and to be honest, playing in a game like that would have been quite challenging for me but I needed to do it, not just for Rob, not just for everybody, for myself as well to get that send-off.

“It just made it even more special because of the occasion, because it was Rob’s last game as well and to share that with him, I think it will go down in everybody’s hearts.”

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