Leeds legend Rob Burrow will watch the Rhinos’ Challenge Cup Final clash against Salford from his home and won’t be present at Wembley, the club have confirmed.
It was hoped by fans on social media that Burrow, who has battled Motor Neurone Disease since December 2019, would have some part to play on Final day, either by leading his former club out or presenting the winning captain with the trophy.
Covid-19 restrictions, however, mean that no one will present the trophy and following discussions with the Rhinos and the RFL, Burrow has chosen to watch the final with his family from home.
Burrow, a Challenge Cup winner with Leeds in 2014 and 2015, said: “I would like to thank the club and the RFL for all the support they have offered me and the kind invitation to be part of the Challenge Cup Final. However, I’ve decided to stay and watch the game at home, like millions of other Rugby League fans around the country, with my family. I would like to wish both teams the best of luck for a special day.”
Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield added: “Having spoken with Rob and his wife Lindsey, I know It has been overwhelming to see the support Rob and his family have had from the general public in recent weeks especially with everything else that is going on in people’s lives.
“I know from having played alongside him, that playing in the Challenge Cup Final and running out at Wembley was one of the biggest highlights of his career and he hopes everyone savours the moment, despite the fact that fans can not be there. Rob is anticipating a fantastic Final and is looking forward to sitting down with his kids to enjoy it.”