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Leeds Rhinos unveil special new shirt in honour of Rob Burrow

Since the passing of club legend, Rob Burrow, Leeds Rhinos have been central to efforts to celebrate the life and achievements of one of their most famous sons. Now, with the club’s next home game set to take place on the 21st June, the Rhinos have announced a number of initiatives to mark the occasion.

The game, which is the club’s first since Burrow’s passing, will take place on Global MND Awareness day. As part of the coverage, the Rhinos will work closely again with Sky Sports to bring a number of features to raise awareness of the cause.

The Rhinos will also wear a special shirt to commemorate the occasion. The shirt has been designed by Cath Muir, who was diagnosed with MND in 2014. Kit designers, Oxen, have made donations of £150,000 since 2020, and £10 from the sale of every shirt will be donated to the Leeds Hospitals Charity appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND.

Leeds Rhinos to wear special fundraising shirt

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The game on the 21st June will see the Rhinos take on Leigh Leopards at Headingley Stadium. A Leeds Rhinos club statement confirming the gesture, stated:

“Leeds Rhinos will celebrate the life of legendary player Rob Burrow CBE when they return to AMT Headingley on Friday 21stJune.

“The game will be played on Global MND Awareness Day and in recent years this match has been a key date in the calendar for the club’s fundraising support of the MND community.

“The game will be an emotional night for everyone at AMT Headingley with Rob Burrow’s former team mates returning to mark the occasion and remember their friend as part of a special night of celebration with the club once again working with Sky Sports for the match night activity, just as the Rhinos did for last year’s Global MND Awareness Day.”

The statements adds details of the design, stating:

“The shirt features an iconic image of Rob Burrow alongside his friend Kevin Sinfield which Cath painted and presented to Kevin at the end of the first day of last year’s 7 in 7 in 7 Challenge in York.

“The bold MND-related colours set the kit apart from the Rhinos usual designs and also features Cath’s drawing of a blue cornflower (Centaurea cyanus), the symbol of hope for MND around the world because of its fragile appearance but hardy nature. Like the cornflower, people living with MND show remarkable strength in coping with this devastating disease.”

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