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Kevin Sinfield releases heartfelt statement following Rob Burrow's passing

BY Philip Bendon  ·  Monday Jun 3, 2024

The sporting world was robbed of one of its great characters as former Rugby League legend Rob Burrow passed away following a four-and-a-half-year battle with motor neurone disease (MND).

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Paying tribute to his former Leeds Rhino’s teammate and close friend Kevin Sinfield released a heartfelt statement.

“Today was the day that I hoped would never come,” Sinfield said.

“The world has lost a great man and a wonderful friend to so many. You fought so bravely until the end and became a beacon of hope and inspiration, not only for the MND community but for all those who saw and heard your story.

“My love and thoughts go to your beautiful family, Lindsey, Macy, Maya, and Jackson, to your lovely parents, Geoff & Irene, sisters Joanne and Claire and your wider family and friends.

“You will continue to inspire me every single day. I have lost a dear friend, and I will never forget the special times we shared both on and off the pitch.

“I would always say that you were pound for pound the toughest player I ever played alongside; however, since your diagnosis, you were the toughest and bravest man I have ever met.

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“The last 4 and a half years you showed the world what living and loving looked like and this was always done with the biggest smile on your face.

“I will miss you my little mate.

“All my love, Kev x.”

Working together, Burrow and Sinfield raised millions of pounds for MND research through a variety of challenges, namely ultra marathon-style events.

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To donate to the Rob Burrow Centre For Motor Neurone Disease Appeal, please follow this link.

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