Rob Burrow funeral plans revealed with poignant date set

Details of Rob Burrow's funeral have been released to allow fans of the former Leeds Rhinos star to pay their respects.

Burrow died aged 41 earlier this month, four years after he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND).

A private funeral will take place on 7 July, the day each year the club celebrates Rob Burrow Day because of the iconic number seven shirt he wore during his illustrious career.

The details of his funeral procession have been released so members of the public can pay their respects to Burrow and his family.

The cortege will travel along the A656 (Park Road) passing the Xscape leisure complex on their right as it travels towards the M62 junction.

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The cars will continue along the A639 towards Pontefract passing Pontefract Racecourse before turning onto Park Lane (B6134) near Pontefract Tanshelf train station.

The cortege will follow along Ackton Lane into Ackton before turning left onto Sewerbridge Lane and Common Side Lane (B6133) heading towards Featherstone.

At the War Horse sculpture, the cars will turn left, slowing for a moment at Featherstone Lions ARLFC's ground on Wakefield Road (A645).

The cortege will slow again as it passes through Featherstone and near to where Rob played his junior rugby.

The cars will continue along Pontefract Lane towards the crematorium

However, members of the public are asked to leave at this part of the journey so the Burrow family can have a few moments to themselves before arriving at the crematorium for the service.

A joint statement from the family and Leeds Rhinos, said: "Entry to the crematorium and service will be for invited guests only and the purpose of publishing the route is to give the public the chance to pay their respects before allowing Rob's family and friends to grieve his loss in private.

"We hope everyone can respect these wishes. There will be no live streaming of the service."

Members of the public are asked to be in position from 1pm on the day.

Meanwhile, Leeds City Council and the Lord Mayor of Leeds will host an invite-only civic reception in honour of Burrow on 12 July at 11am.

This event will be live streamed with links published nearer the time.