Rob Burrow tribute: World darts champion Peter Wright honours Leeds Rhinos legend as Premier League visits city

World champion Peter Wright paid a colourful tribute to Rhinos legend Rob Burrow when darts’ Premier League visited Leeds' FD Arena on Thursday.

By Peter Smith
Thursday, 7th April 2022, 9:54 pm

Wright’s wife Jo painted his distinctive mohawk hairstyle blue and yellow and he wore a specially-designed shirt in Rhinos’ famous colours, as well as themed trousers.

“Rob's an incredible person and I know how much he's loved in Leeds,” Wright said.

“We wanted to pay tribute to him by wearing the Leeds Rhinos colours.

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Peter Wright prepares to take to the stage in Leeds on Thursday night. Picture by Simon O'Connor/PDC.

“This is the first Premier League we've had in Leeds since his motor neurone disease (MND) diagnosis so it was the perfect occasion to wear this shirt and it means even more so after he received his MBE this week.

“The fundraising being done for MND is amazing and it's going to be something which will benefit so many people in future.”

Wright beat Michael Smith in his opening match, but Bradford's Joe Cullen lost to Jonny Clayton.

The PDC, which runs the Premier League, also saluted former Sky TV presenter Dave Clark, who is from Leeds.

World champion Peter Wright on the oche in Leeds Picture by Simon O'Connor/PDC.

Clark, who is living with Parkinson's disease, retired in 2020.