Rugby league legends Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield were surprised when they were awarded their CBEs by the Prince of Wales during a meeting in Leeds. The meeting took place at Headingley Stadium, the home of the Leeds Rhinos, where both men used to play. Burrow and Sinfield were recognized in the New Year Honours list for their fundraising efforts for motor neurone disease. Since Burrow's diagnosis in 2019, they have raised over £15m for charities.
During the meeting, Prince William presented the CBE to Burrow and praised him for his inspirational work. He commended the former player for his tremendous efforts and expressed the pride that everyone feels towards him. Sinfield, on the other hand, was acknowledged for his series of endurance challenges, including completing seven ultra marathons in seven days, which helped him raise £2.7m. The prince congratulated him for his remarkable achievements and highlighted the impact he has made through fundraising and supporting those affected by motor neurone disease.
Prince William jokingly referred to a nickname given to him by ex-rugby union star Mike Tindall - One Pint Willy. Tindall had made this admission during an appearance on Burrow's podcast with his wife Zara. The prince revealed that Tindall had apologized to him for the nickname. Burrow, on the other hand, shared his excitement about meeting the prince and mentioned that his children had been looking forward to the meeting all week.
During their conversation, the prince praised Burrow and Sinfield for their successful partnership on the field. He acknowledged their achievements, referring to Burrow as a player with quick hands and feet. The prince also recognized Burrow as an inspiration to the motor neurone disease community. However, Burrow humbly stated that he never intended to be an inspiration, but rather sought to help others facing similar challenges. He expressed his desire to live his best life despite the difficult circumstances he faces.