Watch: Emotional Rob Burrow interview and the moment he entered the play at Headingley

Rob Burrow said he was overwhelmed and humbled after a sell-out crowd watched he and several fellow Leeds legends turn out for a final time for Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s testimonial against Bradford at Headingley.

A packed house, the first sell-out since the ground was re-developed, was Leeds beat the Bulls 34-10, though the result was secondary on an emotional and poignant day for rugby league.

Burrow was joined by Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock and Danny McGuire, amongst others, in taking to the field late on in a game that was broadcast live by Sky Sports.

Speaking to Brian Carney on Sky Sports after the match, Burrow said: “(It’s) overwhelming. I can’t believe the turnout, it’s humbling, and I’m forever grateful. Unbelievable.

“We’re not the biggest sport, but we’re closely knit so thank you very much.”

When asked about his former team-mates coming out again to play for him, he added: “What can I say? As long as they know that I’d do exactly the same for them.”

Another former team-mate of Burrow, Barrie McDermott, also had some emotional words after the match.

“You’re an unbelievable character Rob. The respect everyone has shown you hear today, and for you to get out there, you’re an absolute champion and an inspiration.”

Watch below the moment Burrow entered the field of play.


  1. If other sports could follow the example set by rugby league fans today,perhaps it could lead in some way to improve the behaviour of fans in other sports,namely football.Rugby league fans close ranks,and would isolate the likes of racist chants and other gestures displayed by other so called FANS of sports.They would be made to feel very unwelcome at games.and stay away.

  2. Absulte brilliant day had by all Rob is an inspiration to all the young players that we as bringing on hear at Stanley rangers we wish you and your family all the best for the future love from us all u12s

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