Gloucester Rugby pays tribute to the death of rugby league legend and MND activist Rob Burrow

Gloucester Rugby has joined the sporting world in paying tribute to Rob Burrow following his death. The Leeds Rhinos legend was diagnosed with MND in 2019, just two years after hanging up his boots following a successful playing career.

Over the past five years he raised almost £20 million to fight MND and, along with former teammate Kevin Sinfield, built a new care centre for MND patients. He died on Sunday aged 41.

Gloucester Rugby joined many rugby union clubs in paying tribute to the rugby league legend. The club said on social media: “Gloucester Rugby is devastated to learn of the passing of Rob Burrow CBE. MND is sadly a disease that is very close to our hearts.”

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“The tireless work of Rob, Lindsey and the Burrow family to help those affected and work towards a cure will forever be a lasting legacy in the fight against MND.

“To the Burrow family. Our thoughts are with you now and always.”

Burrow's death was confirmed by his family and his former club in a touching statement which reflected the high esteem in which he was held within the rugby league community and the wider world.