Leeds Rhinos Head Coach’s Tribute to Rob Burrow Spurs Emotional Return to Rugby League

Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Promises Tribute for Rob Burrow as Team Returns to Pitch

Leeds Rhinos head coach Rohan Smith has vowed that his squad is determined to put on a memorable performance to pay tribute to the late Rob Burrow when they take the field for the first time since his tragic passing.

The Rhinos will travel to face Hull FC on Saturday, marking the first match for the team’s men’s squad since Burrow’s untimely death earlier this month at just 41 years old. An outpouring of grief has followed Burrow’s passing, and the Rhinos are planning extensive tributes when they return to Headingley next Friday to take on the Leigh Leopards.

“We want to put a show on for Rob, for our fans and ourselves,” Smith stated. “We want to put a strong showing on and build from that. For some players, when it gets hard, they can find a little bit more for Rob if that’s the way they’re inspired.”

Many of Leeds’ players and coaches shared personal connections with Burrow, whether as former teammates or through his work with the club’s academy. Smith acknowledged the difficulty of the situation, particularly for those who had close relationships with the rugby league legend.

“Those guys particularly have been hurting, they’ve been sad,” he said.

However, Smith believes the emotion surrounding Burrow’s passing will provide an added source of inspiration for the Rhinos as they look to honor his legacy.

“I’m sure in some aspects it’ll give some players increased motivation and inspiration to perform well and to honour Rob,” the coach remarked.

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