Rob Burrow’s stance on legal action against the Rugby Football League, revealed by dad Geoff

It’s been announced by his father, Geoff, that Rob Burrow won’t join the legal case against the Rugby Football League.

It was revealed in October that Rylands Legal was representing 75 former rugby league players, including former St Helens captain Bobbie Goulding, in a negligence suit against the RFL.

The allegations brought against the game’s governing body claim they failed in their duty of care to protect them from the risks associated with concussions during their playing days – leading to increased chances of dementia and alzheimer’s later in life.

The legal company, Rylands Legal, is also representing 175 former rugby union players in a separate concussion lawsuit.

Burrow, 40, announced in December 2019 that he was suffering from Motor Neurone Disease just two years after his retirement.

MND is an incurable illness that limits voluntary muscle movement and recently sadly cut short the life of former Scottish rugby union player Doddie Weir.

Weir set up an MND awareness charity and has campaigned with Burrow and other sportsmen, who seem to be affected at a disproportionate rate.

There have been theories that the repetitive and concussive strain on the body and in particular the head can be a cause, yet so little is known about MND that this can’t be stated as factual.

The legal claim against The RFL states they failed to take “reasonable action” in order to ensure player safety when it comes to neurological conditions, but Geoff revealed his son wants no part of it.

“Rob has been asked if he wants to, but he has never wanted to,” Geoff, who is the sports secretary for the GMB union, told The Times.

“He’s adamant that (due to) the career he’s had through hard work and the skills he’s been given, he’s reaped the benefits and he wouldn’t change a thing.”

Burrow had previously spoken with Sky Sports about potential links between the disease and his playing career, but he refuted those suggestions.

“There is no evidence that anything causes MND. I think I was so unlucky that I got the disease,” Burrow stated.

“The positives outweigh the negatives. I would not be the person I am today without the experience I got from playing rugby league, the friendships and bonds and life experiences, travelling the world.”

Due to the lack of funding for MND, Burrow’s best friend and former team-mate, Kevin Sinfield, has been raising money and awareness and because of his efforts, and the generosity of those who donated, the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease started early stages of development last week.

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David Stoner
David Stoner
1 month ago

That decision by Rob goes to show what kind of a man he is. He realises that this could be the end for rugby league if the woke mob jump on the bandwagon. Good luck Rob and family.

Brad
Brad
1 month ago
Reply to  David Stoner

Woke mob? You need to stop using words you don’t understand

David Stoner
David Stoner
1 month ago
Reply to  Brad

You need to stop trying to get people to argue. That’s all the idiots on the left want to do.
Grow up Brad

Brad
Brad
1 month ago
Reply to  David Stoner

There you go again , you really do struggle don’t you. Whatever Rob is doing iris neither a left, right, woke or downright thick twat issue. One of us does need to grow up and it’s not me sonny.