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Prince of Wales surprises Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield with their CBEs

The Prince of Wales has surprised Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield by presenting them with their CBEs during a visit to Headingley Stadium.

William paid tribute to the pair鈥檚 鈥減henomenal鈥 efforts in raising funds and awareness for motor neurone disease (MND).

Sinfield and Burrow, who were Leeds Rhinos team-mates during their rugby league careers,聽were made CBEs in the New Year Honours List for services to MND awareness.

Sinfield has raised more than 拢15 million since his friend Burrow was diagnosed with MND, an incurable and life-limiting condition, in December 2019.

On Thursday, William met Burrow and Sinfield at the rugby stadium, and presented them with their CBEs in front of their wives, and Rob鈥檚 three children.

After talking to the two friends in the dressing room at Headingley, the prince said: 鈥淚鈥檝e brought a special couple of things up with me to give you today.

鈥淚 did check with Kevin to make sure you didn鈥檛 want to go down to London to receive this, but I brought your CBEs up here to give to you today if that鈥檚 okay, while you鈥檙e in your home, in Leeds, surrounded by your family and friends. I thought today was a good day.鈥

William told Burrow: 鈥淭he most amount of thank yous and congratulations for all the inspirational work you鈥檝e done Rob, you鈥檝e been amazing and everyone鈥檚 so proud of you.

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The Prince of Wales meets Rob Burrow during a visit to Headingley Stadium (Phil Noble/PA)

Presenting Sinfield with his CBE, the prince said: 鈥淎 huge, huge congratulations. It鈥檚 been amazing what you鈥檝e done. It really is.

鈥淵ou鈥檝e raised so much the profile of MND. Your brotherly bond and relationship between the two of you has been so amazing to watch 鈥 an inspiration to everyone to go, like 鈥榯his is how we help each other鈥.

鈥淭he groundswell you鈥檝e created in terms of fundraising and looking after each other and for MND is huge. Make sure you look after your knees, your hips, and everything else, but it鈥檚 been incredible.鈥

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Kevin Sinfield is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Phil Noble/PA)

After being described by the prince as an inspiration to the MND community, Burrow said: 鈥淚 can honestly say that I never set out to be an inspiration, I just wanted to try and help other people in a similar situation to me.

鈥淚鈥檓 just trying to live my best life with the cards that I鈥檝e been dealt.鈥

He added: 鈥淚 wouldn鈥檛 be here without the love and support of my wife Lindsey. She is stronger than any rugby player I ever played against.鈥

After being asked about their friendship, Sinfield said: 鈥淭he humour鈥檚 different. It鈥檚 different in how we communicate but the humour鈥檚 still exactly the same, it鈥檚 still there. He鈥檚 still as mischievous and funny as he鈥檚 always been.鈥

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The Prince of Wales meets Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield during a visit to Headingley Stadium (Phil Noble/PA)

The prince joked: 鈥淚鈥檓 so not telling my children Rob because that鈥檚 the sort thing they鈥檒l do to me.鈥

Burrow鈥檚 daughters Macy and Maya also presented William with three gift bags for his children.

After receiving the CBE, Burrow said: 鈥淚t is an honour to accept on behalf of the whole MND community. Days like today allow us to keep the spotlight on the disease and continue to raise awareness and, hopefully, funds to fight the disease and support those who are living with MND and their families.

鈥淚t was wonderful that His Royal Highness was able to come to Headingley to see us and very much appreciated. It was lovely to talk to him and for me to meet my family.鈥

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