Sky Sports broadcast Rhinos clash
Sky Sports will broadcast Jamie Jones-Buchanan's testimonial and Rob Burrow's fundraiser against Bradford Bulls.
Sky Sports, the official broadcast partner of the Betfred Super League, will broadcast live this Sunday’s unique pre-season clash between old rivals Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls at Emerald Headingley.
The game, which kicks off at 3pm, has sold out following the announcement that funds raised will go towards supporting former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain star Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease before Christmas. The match will also bring down the curtain on forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s twenty year career with the eight time Super League champions. Jones-Buchanan agreed to share the testimonial match with his good friend Burrow following the announcement of his diagnosis.
A fund has been set up to support Burrow, his wife and his young family of three children under eight and online giving has already raised over £250,000 in under three weeks.
All elements of the broadcast are being donated by long term contractors. All camera, replay, sound and technical operators are donating their services for the day, along with the production and presentation team, whilst the outside broadcast vehicles are being donated by Telegenic.
The occasion will reach an emotional conclusion when Burrow himself takes to the field in the closing stages along with fellow Leeds Rhinos legends Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Kylie Leuluai and Danny McGuire for the first time since the treble winning season in 2015.
Commenting on the announcement Sinfield said, “I would like to say a massive thank you to Sky Sports for their support ahead of Sunday’s game in particular Neville Smith, who has pulled together all the aspects to make this possible. I know there are a lot of Rugby League fans who would want to be there but are unable due to other commitments and this will allow them to be part of an unforgettable occasion.”
Steve Smith, Executive Director, Sky Sports: “Fixtures between Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls are always a highlight in the Rugby League calendar. We’re delighted to be supporting Rob Burrow, as well as celebrating a glittering career for Jamie Jones-Buchanan”