THE charity set up by Borders hero Doddie Weir has paid tribute to “extraordinary human being” Rob Burrow following his death at the age of 41.

The Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain rugby league legend was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2019.

Burrow’s death was announced by the Rhinos, where he played for the entirety of his 17-year career and won every honour as part of their golden generation.

Tributes have poured in for Burrow, including from Weir’s charity, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

A spokesperson said: “It is with profound sadness that we learn of the passing of Rob Burrow, a true friend and fierce advocate in the fight against motor neuron disease.

“Rob was a remarkable athlete but, more importantly, an extraordinary human being.

“Doddie and Rob shared a unique bond, both as legendary rugby players and as warriors against this devastating disease. Rob’s efforts, alongside Kevin Sinfield, have galvanised the MND community and beyond, raising significant funds and awareness.

“Rob’s spirit and unwavering positivity in the face of adversity have left an indelible mark. His journey, shared so openly, has brought much-needed attention to MND, and his legacy will inspire future generations.

“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Rob’s wife Lindsey, their children Macy, Maya, and Jackson, and all of Rob’s family and friends. The rugby community and the MND community have lost a giant, but the impact of Rob’s work and spirit will endure.

“We remain committed to a world free of MND, driven by the memory and example of incredible people like Rob, and we will continue to push forward in our quest for a cure.”

Following his MND diagnosis in December 2019, Burrow and his family took the decision to open their doors to show the impact of the disease and raise awareness and funds for the MND community.

Burrow and his friend and former team-mate Sinfield were both made CBEs in the 2024 New Year Honours.

Weir died in November 2022 following a six-year battle with MND.