IN LEEDS CITY CENTRE
A mural of rugby league legend Rob Burrow, whose courageous fight against motor neurone disease (MND) continues to inspire people from across the world is set for completion in Leeds city centre later this week.
Depicted wearing the famous colours of Leeds Rhinos – the club synonymous with the former scrum-half during his glittering playing career – the wall painting by highly acclaimed northern street artist ‘Akse’, will be proudly displayed on the side of Leeds Beckett University’s Student Union off Woodhouse Lane. The striking background to the mural has been created by Leeds artist Kieran Hartley of Third Eye Signs. When completed, the eye-catching mural will include an inspirational quote from Rob and provide another diverse piece of high quality street artwork that recognises those local people that have made an enormous contribution to the city.
The idea came from collaboration between Leeds City Council, Leeds Rhinos and the BBC. The mural has been commissioned in recognition of Rob’s fantastic playing career and his tremendous courage in tackling MND and work to raise awareness of the disease. Since being diagnosed with MND a year ago, Rob has led and added his support to a range of charity initiatives raising money for MND research. The mural will also feature in this year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year on 20th December on BBC One.
During his time at the Rhinos where he was known as ‘Magnificent 7’, Rob made 493 appearances for the Headingley side winning eight Super League championships, two Challenge Cups, three World Club Challenge trophies and three League Leaders Shields. At international level, he also represented England 15 times and Great Britain on five occasions.
To find out more regarding Rob’s story, please see: https://www.therhinos.co.uk/rob-burrow/rob-mnd/