Rob Burrow

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Rob Burrow
Rob Burrow.jpg
Burrow playing for Leeds in 2009
Personal information
Full name Robert Geoffrey Burrow[1][2]
Born (1982-09-26) 26 September 1982 (age 36)
Pontefract, Yorkshire, England
Playing information
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)[3]
Weight 10 st 6 lb–11 st 0 lb (66–70 kg)[4]
Position Scrum-half, Hooker
Club
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2001–2017 Leeds Rhinos 493 198 157 5 1111
Representative
Years Team Pld T G FG P
2003–2013 England 15 12 12 0 72
2005–2007 Great Britain 5 4 9 0 34
Yorkshire

Robert Geoffrey Burrow (born 26 September 1982) is an English former professional rugby league footballer, who spent 16 years playing for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League, before retiring in 2017. An England, and Great Britain representative, he spent his entire professional career with Leeds. At 165 cm (5 ft 5 in) tall and weighing less than 11 st (70 kg; 150 lb), Burrow was known for many years as "the smallest player in Super League". Despite this, he was one of the most successful players in the competition's history, having won a total of 8 Super League championships, two Challenge Cups, been named to the Super League Dream Team on three occasions and won the Harry Sunderland Trophy twice.[5][6][7][8][9]

Playing career

2000s

Burrow played for the Leeds Rhinos from the interchange bench in their 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against the Bradford Bulls. As Super League IX champions, the Rhinos faced 2004 NRL season premiers, the Bulldogs in the 2005 World Club Challenge. Burrow played from the interchange bench, scoring a try in Leeds' 39–32 victory. Burrow played for Leeds in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final at scrum half back in their loss against Hull F.C..[10] Later that year he played for the Leeds Rhinos at stand-off half back in their 2005 Super League Grand Final loss against Bradford Bulls.

In June 2007 he was called up to the Great Britain squad for the Test match against France.[11] He was named as Leeds Rhinos Player of the Year for his performance throughout the 2007 season, and was named in the Super League Dream Team for the same year along with team mates Scott Donald, Jamie Peacock, and Gareth Ellis. Burrow was the winner of the Harry Sunderland Award for a man of the match performance in 2007's Super League XII Grand Final; in which Leeds defeated St. Helens by 33 points to 6. Burrow played a pivotal role in helping Great Britain to a 3–0 victory over New Zealand in the Gillette Fusion Test series in 2007. He was awarded the George Smith Medal as player of the series which he finished as top points scorer with 26 from two tries and nine goals.[12]

He was named in the Super League Dream Team for 2008's Super League XIII season.[13] He played in the 2008 Super League Grand Final victory over St. Helens.[14]

Burrow was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia.[15] Group A's first match against Papua New Guinea he played at scrum half back in England's victory.

2010s

Burrow played from the interchange bench for Leeds in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final which was lost to Wigan.

Burrow became the first player to win the Harry Sunderland Award twice by winning the unanimous votes of all 37 judges after his impact in 2011's Super League XVI Grand Final. He was not selected for England's post-season 2011 Four Nations campaign due to a rib injury.[16]

Burrow was part of Leeds' Challenge Cup winning teams in 2014 and 2015.

Rob Burrow announced his retired in 2017.[17] His final match was the 2017 Super League Grand Final in which he helped his club, Leeds to victory.

Honours

Club

Individual

References

  1. ^ "Robert Geoffrey Burrow". Companies House. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  2. ^ "Burrow Signs New Two Year Deal With Rhinos". Leeds Rhinos. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  3. ^ Davidson, John. "Leeds Rhinos Hero Rob Burrow Bows Out A Champion". thesportsman.com. The Sportsman Communications Ltd. Retrieved 18 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Leeds Rhinos Players & Coaches 1st Team". web page. Leeds Rhinos. 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Profile at loverugbyleague.com". loverugbyleague.com. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Statistics at rugbyleagueproject.org". rugbyleagueproject.org. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "England Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Great Britain Statistics at englandrl.co.uk". englandrl.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Profile at therhinos.co.uk". therhinos.co.uk. 31 December 2017. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Hull stun Leeds in Challenge Cup". BBC News. 27 August 2005. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Eight new faces in Lions squad". BBC. 12 June 2007. Retrieved 12 June 2007.
  12. ^ Burke, David (12 November 2007). "Rob Burrow walks tall for Great Britain". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  13. ^ "2008 engage Super League Dream Team". Super League. 15 September 2008. Archived from the original on 23 February 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2008.
  14. ^ "2008 Grand Final". BBC. 4 October 2008. Retrieved 5 October 2008.
  15. ^ "Purdham earns World Cup call-up". BBC. 7 October 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  16. ^ "Ablett named in England squad". Sky Sports. 11 October 2011. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  17. ^ "Leeds Rhinos: Retiring playmaker Burrow opts for fresh challenge with the Rhinos". Yorkshire Evening Post. 19 July 2017. Retrieved 12 December 2017.

External links

  • (archived by web.archive.org) Leeds Rhinos profile
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