Global stage for emotional day at Emerald Headingley
Rob Burrow of Leeds celebrates his try with Marcus Bai during the Carnegie World Club Challenge match between Leeds Rhinos and the Canterbury Bulldogs at Elland Road on February 4, 2005 in Leeds, England.
Rugby League fans around the globe will be able to catch all the action from Emerald Headingley on Sunday as Leeds Rhinos take on Bradford Bulls to honour Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Rob Burrow.
Sky Sports, the official broadcast partner of the Betfred Super League, will broadcast live this Sunday’s unique pre-season clash between old rivals in the UK but a deal has now been put in place to televise the game live in Australia on Fox Sports, New Zealand on SkyTV NZ and France on Bein Sports.
The game, which kicks off at 3pm in the UK, 4pm in France, between 11pm and 2am in Australia and 4am in New Zealand, is a near 20,000 sell out following the announcement that funds raised will go towards supporting former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain star Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease before Christmas. The match will also bring down the curtain on forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s twenty year career with the eight time Super League champions. Jones-Buchanan agreed to share the testimonial match with his good friend Burrow following the announcement of his diagnosis.
A fund has been set up to support Burrow, his wife and his young family of three children under eight and online giving has already raised over £250,000 in under three weeks.
Fans who are unable to attend the match can watch all the action on an emotional afternoon live on Sky Sports thanks to the support of the broadcaster. Coverage will start from 3pm on Sunday on Sky Sports Arena and Sky Sports Mix.
All elements of the broadcast are being donated by long term contractors. All camera, replay, sound and technical operators are donating their services for the day, along with the production and presentation team, whilst the outside broadcast vehicles are being donated by Telegenic.
The occasion will reach an emotional conclusion when Burrow himself takes to the field in the closing stages along with fellow Leeds Rhinos legends Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai and Danny McGuire for the first time since the treble winning season in 2015.