Burrow gave MND community a voice - ex-rugby pro Slater

Former Gloucester and Leicester lock Ed Slater said he wants to "thank" Rob Burrow for giving a voice to him and so many other people with motor neurone disease.

Rugby league great Burrow died aged 41 on 2 June, more than four years after being diagnosed with MND.

Slater, 35, has been living with MND, a degenerative condition that affects nerves in the brain and spinal cord, since being diagnosed in 2022.

"Rob was a special human, he has left us so many incredible stories and that's just his rugby career alone, how successful he was defying the odds, the size of the spirit he had," Slater told BBC Breakfast.

"Then you move on to his life with MND, his devotion to Lindsey [Burrow's wife] and the kids and then of course leading so many of us out of the darkness by shining a light on MND.

"That's why when I heard Rob had passed away the first words I could think of were 'thank you'.

"So many people now have that voice including myself and that's a real gift he's been able to give the MND community."

Slater and Burrow are among a number of high-profile sportspeople who have campaigned and raised massive awareness of MND after being diagnosed.