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Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

He won eight Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups in 17 years with the Super League side.

Burrow, 37, who also won 15 caps for England, retired in 2017 and is now the club's reserve team head coach.
 

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A fund to support a former rugby league star who has motor neurone disease (MND) has raised more than £100,000. Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow, 37, won eight Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups in 17 years with the Super League side.

By Friday evening, more than 5,000 donors have given to an online appeal launched on Thursday by the Leeds Rugby Foundation.

The money will support his treatment and his wife and three young children.

Leeds Rhinos thanked "everyone who has shown their love and support" for Burrow.

Burrow is the club's reserve team coach, having led the Rhinos Academy team for the past two seasons.

He retired from playing at the end of the 2017 season having been capped 15 times by England and playing five Tests for Great Britain.
 

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Leeds Rhinos half-back Luke Gale came through Boxing Day's friendly with Wakefield Trinity unscathed, on his first appearance since recovering from a long-term Achilles rupture.

The Rhinos were comfortable winners of the annual festive friendly, beating Trinity 30-4 at Headingly.

It was the first run out for the England international, 31, since October 2018 after a long lay-off.
 

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Leeds Rhinos have appointed Jamie Jones-Buchanan as assistant coach.

The 38-year-old forward retired from playing at the end of 2019 after 21 seasons with the Headingley side.

He made 421 appearances for the Rhinos and won seven Grand Finals, one Challenge Cup and three World Club Challenges.
 

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Rhinos will be without at least three senior players when their season begins next month.

Winger Tom Briscoe was already set to miss the round-one clash with Hull on Sunday, February 2, after undergoing a knee reconstruction last year.

Now new signing Kruise Leeming and centre/second-row Alex Sutcliffe have also been ruled out.