A BRADFORD Bulls legend turned beer brewer has teamed up with fellow rugby league legend to create a new beer in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Nathan McAvoy, who was part of the Bulls’ golden era in the early 2000s, now works at Seven Bro7hers Brewery, based in his hometown of Manchester.


The brewery has now teamed up with rugby legend Rob Burrow to create the Road Runner pilsner, which is being sold to raise money to support the fight to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease.

Burrow, who played for Bradford’s arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos for more than 15 years and had a hugely decorated career, was diagnosed with MND at the end of 2019, aged just 37.

One of the most universally respected players in the game, after conquering a sport of giants while just 5ft 5ins tall, the rugby league community has gathered round Burrow over the past 18 months to support him through his battle with the degenerative disease, which currently has no cure.

McAvoy, who played more than 100 games for the Bulls, works for Seven Bro7hers who will be donating all profits from their Road Runner pilsner.

Named in honour of Burrow’s nickname, coined for him by commentary legend Mike ‘Stevo’ Stephenson, who named Burrow ‘Beep Beep’ due to his electric pace and agility which left defenders in his wake, the 5%ABV lager is available from the brewery’s website at a price of £18 for six cans.


Burrow’s battle with MND has been well documented, featuring regularly on BBC Breakfast alongside fellow athletes who also have MND – Scottish rugby union legend Doddie Weir and former Bradford City captain Stephen Darby – and a documentary on his battle and deterioration was aired on BBC One.

He made his last appearance in a Leeds shirt in a testimonial game against Bradford Bulls at the beginning of 2020, with the Bulls waiving their gate fee so it could be donated to Burrow’s fund. A number of Rhinos and Bulls legends including Nathan McAvoy himself, as well as Stuart Fielden and Robbie Hunter-Paul all featured in the match.

To order the beers and support Rob Burrow and the MND Association, visit the Seven Bro7hers website here.