Former Leeds Rhinos scrum-half Rob Burrow has announced that he has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
The 37-year-old retired in 2017 after an illustrious 16-year career that saw him play over 500 games for the Rhinos, England and Great Britain, score over 200 tries and win eight Super League titles.
Burrow told both the Rhinos and the Super League website: “Regrettably, today I am confirming that I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. I would like to thank everyone for the support I have received already since being given my diagnosis.
“I know I have a big challenge in front of me but knowing that I have the love and support of so many people will give me inspiration and strength. I am very positive about the situation and intend to battle the condition as I still feel fit and well.”
Burrow has asked that fans respect the privacy of him and his family so he can spend Christmas and New Year with those closest to him.
The Rhinos’ pre-season clash with Bradford Bulls on Sunday 12 January, which is also Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s Testimonial game, will now be a joint fundraiser for both Jones-Buchanan and Burrow.
A fund will be set up in the New Year where donations can be made to support Burrow in his future treatment.
For now, fans can donate to a special Virgin Money Giving page that has been created with all donations going to the fund. Click HERE to donate.