Rob Burrow

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Rob Burrow
Rob Burrow after the 2009 Super League victory (cropped).jpg
Burrow while playing for Leeds in 2009
Personal information
Born (1982-09-26) 26 September 1982 (age 32)
Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Height 165 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight 10 st 6 lb (66 kg) [2]
Playing information
Position Halfback, Hooker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001– Leeds Rhinos 437 181 152 5 1033
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–13 England 15 12 12 0 72
2005–07 Great Britain 5 4 9 0 34
As of 21 August 2015
Source: Rugby League Project

Robert Burrow is an English professional rugby league footballer with the Leeds Rhinos of Super League. He has represented both England and Great Britain as a hooker/half. He has spent his whole career to date at Leeds, having won the Super League championship with them five times. He weighs less than 11 st (70 kg), extremely small by rugby league standards, and is known by the nickname of "Tattoo" due to his small stature.

Playing career[edit]


Burrow played for the Leeds Rhinos from the interchange bench in their 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls. As Super League IX champions, the Rhinos faced 2004 NRL season premiers, the Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Burrow played from the interchange bench, scoring a try in Leeds' 39-32 victory. Burrow played for Leeds in the 2005 Challenge Cup final at scrum half back in their loss against Hull FC.[3] Later that year he played for the Leeds Rhinos at stand-off half back in their 2005 Super League Grand Final loss against Bradford Bulls.

In June 2007 he was called up to the Great Britain squad for the Test match against France.[4] He was named as Leeds Rhinos Player of the Year for his performance throughout the 2007 season, and was named in the Super League Dream Team for the same year along with team mates Scott Donald, Jamie Peacock and Gareth Ellis. Burrow was the winner of the Harry Sunderland Award for a man of the match performance in 2007's Super League XII Grand Final; in which Leeds defeated St. Helens by 33 points to 6. Burrow played a pivotal role in helping Great Britain to a 3-0 victory over New Zealand in the Gillette Fusion Test series in 2007. He was awarded the George Smith Medal as player of the series which he finished as top points scorer with 26 from two tries and nine goals.[5]

He has been named in the Super League Dream Team for 2008's Super League XIII season.[6] He played in the 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St Helens.[7]

Burrow was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia.[8] Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played at scrum half back in England's victory.


Burrow played from the interchange bench for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup final which was lost to Wigan.

Burrow became the first player to win the Harry Sunderland Award twice by winning the unanimous votes of all 37 judges after his impact in 2011's Super League XVI Grand Final. He was not selected for England's post-season 2011 Four Nations campaign due to a rib injury.[9]

He currently coaches Pennine League division one team Ackworth Jaguars and led them to numerous league and cup finals.

Burrow is due a testimonial next year as he has been playing for Leeds Rhinos for ten years. He has said on Twitter that the kit will be traditional Leeds Rhinos colours (Blue and Amber).

In 2014, Burrow has been linked with English Super League club Hull FC for the 2015 season

Superleague Record[edit]

The table below shows a cumulative points and scoring records for Rob Burrow at the end of the 2010 Superleague season.

Club Years Active Appearances Tries Goals FG Points
Leeds Rhinos 2001-08 195 112 121 4 694
Total 2001-08 195 112 121 4 694







  1. ^ "Rob Burrow". Men's team player profiles. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Leeds Rhinos Players & Coaches 1st Team". web page. Leeds Rhinos. 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Hull stun Leeds in Challenge Cup". BBC News. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Eight new faces in Lions squad". BBC. 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-06-12. 
  5. ^ Burke, David (12 November 2007). "Rob Burrow walks tall for Great Britain". The Telegraph (Telegraph Media Group). Retrieved 20 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "2008 engage Super League Dream Team". Super League. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  7. ^ "2008 Grand Final". BBC. 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  8. ^ "Purdham earns World Cup call-up". BBC. 2008-10-07. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Ablett named in England squad". Sky Sports. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  10. ^ ISBN 978-0-7524-4650-9 page 165

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