Rob Burrow

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Rob Burrow
Personal information
Full nameRobert Geoffrey Burrow[1][2]
Born (1982-09-26) 26 September 1982 (age 37)
Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)[3]
Weight10 st 3 lb (65 kg)[4]
PositionScrum-half, Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–17 Leeds Rhinos 493 198 157 5 1111
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–13 England 15 12 12 0 72
2005–07 Great Britain 5 4 9 0 34
Yorkshire

Robert Geoffrey Burrow (born 26 September 1982) is an English former professional rugby league footballer, who spent 16 years playing for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League, before retiring in 2017. An England and Great Britain representative, he spent his entire professional career with Leeds. At 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) tall and weighing less than 11 st (70 kg; 150 lb), Burrow was known for many years as "the smallest player in Super League". Despite this, he was one of the most successful players in the competition's history, having won a total of 8 Super League championships, two Challenge Cups, been named to the Super League Dream Team on three occasions and won the Harry Sunderland Trophy twice.[5][6][7][8][9] On Thursday 19th December 2019 it was publicly revealed he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).[10]

Playing career[edit]

2000s[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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13]

He was named in the Super League Dream Team for 2008's Super League XIII season.[14] He played in the 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens.[15]

Burrow was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia.[16] Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played at scrum half back in England's victory.

He played in the 2009 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens at Old Trafford.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28]

2010s[edit]

He played in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium.[29][30]

Burrow played from the interchange bench for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Wigan Warriors at Wembley Stadium.[31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45]

He played in the 2011 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens at Old Trafford.[46][47] 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.[48]

He played in the 2012 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium.[49][50][51][52]

He played in the 2012 Super League Grand Final victory over the Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford.[53][50]

Burrow played in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium.[54]

He played in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at Wembley Stadium.[55][56][57]

He played in the 2015 Super League Grand Final victory over the Wigan Warriors at Old Trafford.[58]

Rob Burrow announced his retirement in 2017.[59] His last match was the 2017 Super League Grand Final in which he helped his club, Leeds to victory over the Castleford Tigers at Old Trafford.[60][61][62]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

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