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'BOLL**k SHAPED BALL'

Ricky Gervais posts hilarious video to Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow after rugby league star diagnosed with MND

RICKY GERVAIS has delighted rugby league legend Rob Burrow by posting him a cheeky video message after the Leeds Rhino hero was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

Casting aside more traditional morale-lifting words, Gervais poked fun at Burrow's Rhinos pal Stevie Ward for interrupting the comedian's "f***ing busy" schedule to request the message - saying he would never ask them to come to his garden to "run round with a boll**k shaped ball" just because they play rugby.

 Straight-faced Ricky Gervais had Rob Burrow chuckling with a rant about being asked to send a video message just because his job is talking
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Straight-faced Ricky Gervais had Rob Burrow chuckling with a rant about being asked to send a video message just because his job is talking

The straight-faced joshing hit the right note with Ward, 26, and his now-retired former club and England team-mate Burrow, 37, whose Virgin Money Giving page. has collected more than £282,000 for his treatment.

Actor and five-time Golden Globes presenter Gervais parodied his hectic, Hollywood high-life as he ranted at being asked by one stranger to send a message for another one.

Burrow tweeted in response: "Oi, @rickygervais, Thank you so much for the message, it means everything!

"@Ste_Ward got more airtime than me .......annnnnd I think you knew that - STITCH UP!"

And posting the video, Ward said: "This is what happens when I try to do something for my pal @Rob7Burrow. rickygervais’ DONE with Hollywood. He’s finished off @apple and @amazon. Then he comes for little old Leeds and our funny shaped balls...Stitch up..."

'NO SKIN OFF HIS NOSE, IS IT?'

Gervais launched his straight-to-camera spiel by waving and saying: "Alright, Rob. Your mate Stevie Ward got in contact, and said you were a big fan - thank you.

"And would I say a few words, which is good of him... or is it? No skin off his nose, is it?"

And imagining the conversation he added: "'Alright, mate.' 'Alright, Rick.' 'Do us a favour, will you?'

"'Of course I will, Stevie. I've never met ya'. What do you need?' 'Oh, would you say a few words?'

By now fully revved up to his theme, Gervais added: "Does he know how busy I am? That's my job, innit? - saying stuff, that is my job.

"Would I call up your mate Stevie and say, 'Alright Stevie, you're a rugby player. would you come round to my garden and run round with a boll**k shaped ball for an hour?' No I wouldn't.

 Messages of support have flooded in for Rob Burrow after his MND diagnosis
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Messages of support have flooded in for Rob Burrow after his MND diagnosisCredit: Rex Features

"So here's a few words. Tell your mate Stevie to keep his good ideas to himself in future. will you? Cheers."

Gervais' message is just the latest support Burrow has received in a host of videos from sports stars and other celebrities.

Burrow has also hailed incredible backing from across the rugby world.

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