Rugby League star shares his MND journey

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Almost a year ago former Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow announced he had been diagnosed with motor neurone disease. Now he is laying bare the last 12 months of his life in a BBC documentary Rob Burrow: My Year with MND which was shown on Tuesday 13 October at 7pm on BBC2 after being delayed due to the UK Government’s coronavirus announcements on Monday evening.

You can watch the documentary for the next 30 days on BBC iPlayer.

The documentary, hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent, charts Rob’s journey through interviews with the rugby league player himself, his wife Lindsey, his parents and close friends. The BBC production team has collaborated with the MND Association during filming and production.

The BBC describes the programme as an ‘evocative documentary’ which ‘follows Rob Burrow as he shows the same spirit in his fight against motor neurone disease as the one which made him a hugely-admired rugby league star. His family and friends – including former team-mates Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott – give their moving insight into a remarkable man.’

Rob, who is 38, was diagnosed with MND barely two years after ending his playing career by captaining Leeds Rhinos to a record-extending eighth Super League Grand Final in autumn 2017.

The BBC description tells how Rob ‘speaks of his determination to live as normal a life as possible and how his rugby career has prepared him for the challenge’.

You can watch the documentary on BBC2 on Monday evening and a short form will be repeated on BBC1 on Saturday 17 October at 1:15pm, the day Leeds Rhinos will meet Salford Red Devils in the Coral Challenge Cup.


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