When you think of Rob Burrow two things come to mind.
His glittering Leeds Rhinos career making 493 appearances, scoring 198 tries, winning eight Grand Finals making him Super League’s most successful one club man, two Challenge Cups, three League Leaders’ Shields, three World Club Challenges and two Harry Sunderland Awards.
There was of course the amazing tries he scored and created in the 2011 decider too.
The other thing is his courageous battle against Motor Neurone Disease since being diagnosed in December 2019.
But people forget he made 15 appearances for England scoring an impressive 12 tries. He played in the 2008 and 2013 World Cups and was a superb attacking weapon off the bench in the 2013 tournament.
Now he will open this year’s World Cup as the guest of honour at today’s opener between England and Samoa at St James’ Park.
Ahead of this, he has given this message to supporters: “Looking forward to the opening of the Rugby League World Cup today. Please get behind and support our rugby league heroes! Enjoy the tournament.”
— Rob Burrow MBE (@Rob7Burrow) October 15, 2022
It comes after his former captain Kevin Sinfield who has done so much to raise money and awareness in the battle against MND has spoken about the support fans have given Burrow on This Is Impact: “The fans in this country have shown Rob exactly what they think of him and he’s been a true inspiration for all of us. It will be great to see him Saturday, he loved playing for England.
“And I think people will get the chance on Saturday to show him what he really means to us.”
Sinfield is set to run seven ultra marathons in seven days at the end of the tournament arriving at Old Trafford at halftime in the final and on this he joked: “I don’t even like running, but what running does it makes me feel better about myself and it’s helped me help Rob.”