Huge outpouring of support for Rhinos hero Burrow after BBC Breakfast update

Leeds's Rob Burrow with his family after Jamie Jones-Buchanan's testimonial match.

There has been a huge outpouring of support for Rhinos hero Rob Burrow after the latest update on the half back and his fight with motor neurone disease was aired on BBC Breakfast.

BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent has been following Rob’s story since he announced his diagnosis last December.

Sally caught up with Rob on his short family holiday to the East coast before the kids went back to school this week.

Burrow admitted his walking and talking had been impacted as his motor neurone disease symptoms had intensified but the attitude he showed throughout his rugby career is now helping him deal with his latest challenge.

“I’m alright yeah,” he said. “I am feeling great but my walking and voice are worse than when we last met. But I’m really good.”

Burrow says he is determined to see his three children have fun regardless of his own condition.

“It makes me a lot happier seeing them enjoy themselves, and I love being here, makes me relive my childhood.

“We try to make it fun every day but more so now with me being like this.

“The kids are brilliant but we need to keep their minds off me to distract them.

“The rugby prepared me 100% to deal with this. But I’m good, my mind is so strong and positive.”

Burrow’s former team mate Barrie McDermott gave his support to Rob Burrow and encouraged fans to give their backing to Rob but sponsoring fellow Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock and his fundraising effort with an ultra marathon.

Dual code international Johnathan Davies tweeted his support.

We’ll leave the final word with the man himself, Rob Burrow, who always has been and always will be a total inspiration.