Leeds Rhinos and rugby league legend Rob Burrow has revealed he has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
Known as MND, Motor Neurone Disease stops messages from the brain reaching the muscles and can affect the way you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe.
Burrow spent his entire career at Leeds Rhinos and won eight Super League titles, two Challenge Cups, three League Leaders Shields and three World Club Challenges. He is also a two-time winner of the Harry Sunderland Trophy.
Since retiring in 2017, Burrow has stayed involved with the Rhinos and is currently the Reserve Head Coach.
He told the club website: “Regrettably, today I am confirming that I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. I would like to thank everyone for the support I have received already since being given my diagnosis.
“I know I have a big challenge in front of me but knowing that I have the love and support of so many people will give me inspiration and strength.
“I am very positive about the situation and intend to battle the condition as I still feel fit and well.
“I would like to ask for privacy at this time so I can adjust to the battle I have ahead and so that I can spend time with those closest to me ahead of Christmas and New Year.”
If you would like to help Rob and his family, you can donate here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayCharityCampaignPage.action?charityCampaignUrl=robburrow