Burrow completes the ‘Class of 2020’ as 16th inductee to Leeds RL Hall of Fame

If you were to draw up a profile of someone who is the epitome of what rugby league – and life – stands for, they are encapsulated by the Pontefract pocket rocket, who first made an impact with juniors Featherstone Lions.

The little man constantly taking on and overcoming the bigger odds; the courageous underdog we are all predisposed to support; forever proving the naysayers and can’t possibly do-ers wrong; he represents the best of what we all hope to be. Few in such a competitive environment transcend club allegiances but, as has been seen recently in particular, his honesty and bravery on and off the field absolutely does.

From his debut in 2001 and for 16 further seasons, he was the talisman of the best that the competition represents; no matter the Rhinos’ ‘golden generation’ success he was such an integral part of.

The first Leeds player to be a twice winner of the Harry Sunderland trophy, including by a unanimous margin in 2011, his astonishing speed off the mark, terrific support play – which saw him reap some superb tries on the end of flowing moves he often instigated – and the most sterling of defenders; he is the archetypal modern scrum half.

Selflessly putting the team before his acknowledged preference of starting in his favoured role, the quality, humility and dignity shown in subverting the personal for the ultimate cause spoke volumes about his work ethic, ultra-determination and sacrifice.

With eight Super League winners’ rings – including the acknowledged best-ever solo try at Old Trafford – two Challenge Cup final successes, and three world club challenge triumphs and league leaders’ shields; he is the most successful number seven in the club’s history.

He also made 20 appearances in total for his country, and in 2007 was awarded the George Smith medal as the best player in the Great Britain series with New Zealand. Always family-first, he has been and continues to be a magnificent ambassador for the club, the sport and humanity.

The sixteenth inductee is Rob Burrow – heritage no. 1326; 429 appearances between 2001-2017