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Thousands of mourners have gathered to pay tribute to rugby league star and motor neurone illness campaigner Rob Burrow forward of his funeral.

The former Leeds Rhinos star and England worldwide died on 2 June on the age of 41 after a prolonged battle with the sickness.

His non-public funeral service is being held at Pontefract Crematorium, with 7 July chosen to recognise the shirt quantity he wore all through his rugby league profession.

Supporters got here out in rugby equipment, many with Burrow’s title and a 7 on the again, to applaud because the funeral cortege made its option to the service.

Hundreds of mourners have lined the streets as the funeral cortege makes its way to the service
Hundreds of mourners have lined the streets because the funeral cortege makes its option to the service (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)

Yellow and white flowers – the colors of Leeds Rhinos – had been thrown onto the windscreen of the hearse.

Among mourners gathering on the crematorium was his greatest pal and former teammate Kevin Sinfield, with whom he raised greater than £15m for motor neurone illness (MND) charities, following his prognosis.

Crowds were seen wearing rugby shirts with Burrow’s name and the number seven on the back
Crowds had been seen sporting rugby shirts with Burrow’s title and the quantity seven on the again (Peter Byrne/PA Wire)
The funeral cortege arrives at Pontefract Crematorium in Wakefield
The funeral cortege arrives at Pontefract Crematorium in Wakefield (Ian Hodgson/PA Wire)

Bob Woodhead, who coached Burrow as a baby described him as a “keen, enthusiastic and polite” younger man.

“He was a privilege to coach, to be honest,” Mr Woodhead instructed the BBC.

“All I wanted to do was to help him progress.

“Despite everyone over the years saying he was too small, I just cast my mind back to (rugby league legend) Roger Millward. Everyone said he was too small and look what he became over his career.”

His best friend and former teammate Kevin Sinfield was among the mourners gathering at the crematorium
His greatest pal and former teammate Kevin Sinfield was among the many mourners gathering on the crematorium (Ian Hodgson/PA Wire)

In her first interview since his dying,  Burrow’s spouse Lindsey instructed BBC Breakfast final month: “He was an inspiration to so many. He was the face of the MND community.

“Despite the grief and the sadness, we have so much to be thankful for, for having him in our lives and making the world a better place to be.

“I’m proud to have been his wife for 17 and a half years and to have three beautiful children with Rob. I’ll do everything I can to make sure they’re brought up as Rob would want them to be – to be kind and caring and to appreciate the things in life. Rob was very much like that – very down to earth, never had an ego, such a lovely kind man.”

The Motor Neurone Disease Association paid tribute to the rugby star forward of the funeral.

“Today, on Rob Burrow Day and the day of Rob’s funeral, we want to pay tribute to all he has done for the MND Association and the MND community.” the charity wrote on X.

“We will be forever grateful. Thank you Rob.”

Burrow spent his complete profession with Leeds Rhinos and helped them win eight Super League titles.

He retired in 2017 however two years later it was revealed he had been identified with MND.

Burrow was made an MBE within the 2021 New Year Honours for his companies to rugby league and the MND neighborhood and made a CBE within the New Year Honours in 2024.