Wigan Warriors fan Joe Cullen puts World Championship darts shirt up to auction for Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow

West Yorkshire darts ace Joe Cullen has pledged the shirt off his back to help Rob Burrow’s battle against motor neurone disease (MND).

Thursday, 31st December 2020, 11:45 am

Cullen, from Bradford, featured in one of the greatest matches in PDC World Championship history, against world number one Michael van Gerwen this week.

The world number 16, whose nickname is Rockstar, hit 19 maximum scores of 180 - a joint record for a best of seven sets match on the famous Alexandra Palace stage.

He led 3-1 and had two attempts at the bull’s eye to defeat the three-time champion and tournament favourite before being pipped in a last leg decider.

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Joe Cullen takes aim against Michael van Gerwen. Picture by Lawrence Lustig/PDC.

Despite the loss, it was Cullen’s finest performance in a major tournament and he is now auctioning the shirt he wore in the match to raise money for former Leeds Rhinos scrum-half Burrow who was diagnosed with MND 13 months ago.

Cullen - a Wigan Warriors fan - has already received bids of up to £350 for the garment and the auction will remain open until 8pm today.

Offers can be made via Cullen’s Twitter account, @rockstar_13_, using the hashtag #CullenShirt.

In a Tweet to launch the sale, Cullen said: “Being a big RL fan, all money raised will go to @BurrowSeven.

“@Rob7Burrow is as inspiring as they come I’m sure you agree.”

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