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Emotional salute to Rob Burrow

Emotions were running high as players and fans paid tribute to brave Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow at Headingley on Sunday.

The 37-year-old former England and Great Britain star was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last month.

A diminutive halfback/hooker (he stands just 165cm), Burrow retired in 2017 but came back to make one last appearance running out for the Rhinos late in Sunday's testimonial match against Bradford.

The match was originally a testimonial for another Leeds great Jamie Jones-Buchanan but he suggested combining with Burrow with half the proceeds to go to supporting his mate and his family as he faces up to his fight.

Burrow was joined on the field by former teammates including Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, New Zealander Kylie Leuluai and Danny McGuire plus ex-opponents like Kiwi Robbie Hunter-Paul and Stuart Fielden while many others were in the crowd. Also lining up for Leeds was former Vodafone Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell.

See full coverage of the occasion on www.therhinos.co.uk including this story capturing messages from across all codes and walks of life. Among them were former Kiwi Robbie Hunter-Paul, Danny Buderus, Jason Robinson, Jonathan Davies, Piers Morgan, Scott Hastings, Dion Dublin and Leeds United.

TEAMMATES AND WORLD SHOW SUPPORT 

It was a day to remember at Emerald Headingley as the Rugby League community came together to pay tribute to Rob Burrow.

Players and fans of all clubs along with former team mates and journalists also took to social media to show their appreciation for the Rhinos legend, who made one last appearance in blue and amber in front of a sell out crowd.

See full story HERE.