Who is Rob Burrow as Rugby league legend passes away, cause of death, illness, bio, age, wife and net worth

Who is Rob Burrow as Rugby league legend passes away, cause of death, illness, bio, age, wife and net worth

Rob Burrow was a Rugby League legend who recently passed away, find out more about him and his cause of death below along with his net worth

The Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain rugby league player lived with motor neurone disease (MND) since getting diagnosed in 2019.

Who is Rob Burrow as Rugby league legend passes away, cause of death, illness, bio, age, family, wife and net worth

Rob Burrow’s diagnosis came just two years after he officially retired from playing professional Rugby in 2017

Rob Burrow passes away

Legendary Rugby player Rob Burrow passed away on June 2, 2024 in Wakefield, United Kingdom. The Leeds Rhinos announced Burrow’s death on Sunday, stating:

He never allowed others to define what he could achieve and believed in his own ability to do more. The outpouring of love and support that Rob and the whole Burrow family have received over the last four and a half years meant so much to Rob. In particular, the rugby league family and MND community have rallied around Rob to inspire him, thank you for your support.

Cause of death

Rob Burrow succumbed to motor neurone disease (MND) after previously getting diagnosed in late 2019.

Rob Burrow bio

Robert Geoffrey Burrow CBE was an English professional rugby league footballer who was born on September 26, 1982. He primarily played as a scrum-half or hooker and represented England and Great Britain. Burrow spent his 16 years as a professional player with the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League. Altogether, he made nearly 500 appearances from the years 2001 and 2017.


He had a net worth of $5 million.

Age and height

Rob Burrow was just 41 years old at the time of his death, and stood at a height of 1.65 m.

Career and achievements

Rob Burrow had a 17-year career that began from 2001 and lasted till 2017. During those years, he won eight Super League Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges and also two Challenge Cups. He spent his entire club career with the Leeds Rhinos and made over 400 appearances for the team. Despite his small stature, Rob made it up with his grit and tenacity and possessed excellent tackling technique. He also possessed great speed and exceptional footwork ability which allowed him to go toe-to-toe with bigger opponents.

He was arguably one of the most successful rugby league players in history, and was accordingly made an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours. Rob received the acknowledgement for his services to the sport and for his commendable work in the MND community. The following year in 2022, Burrow won the Helen Rollason Award at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year ceremony. Earlier this year in February, the player of the match award at the Super League Grand Final was renamed after Burrow.


Wife and children

Rob Burrow married his wife Lindsey in 2006, and had three children named Jackson Burrow, Maya Burrow, and Macy Burrow.


Following his tragic death, tributes have come flooding in from the rugby league world. Super League leaders St Helens stated that Burrow was “a hero in every sense of the word.”

Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors shared that “his legacy will live on through those whose lives he touched, and his story will continue to inspire all”.


The Rugby Football League stated:

Since December 2019, his courage and humanity – allied to that of his family, friends and former Leeds Rhinos team-mates, led by Kevin Sinfield CBE – has transcended sport.”

The Prince of Wales himself wrote:

A legend of Rugby League, Rob Burrow had a huge heart. He taught us, ‘in a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream.’ Catherine and I send our love to Lindsey, Jackson, Maya and Macy.”

The MND Association stated that it was “incredibly grateful to Rob and his family for helping to raise awareness of MND, and funds for the association, by sharing the details of their journey and by inspiring so many people both within the MND community and the wider public.”

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