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Barrie McDermott ‘frustrated’ at lack of knighthoods for Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield

Sky Sports presenter Barrie Mcdermott

Former Leeds Rhinos and Great Britain forward, and Sky Sports pundit, Barrie McDermott says he’s “frustrated” that Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield haven’t received knighthoods.

McDermott played for Leeds Rhinos until the end of the 2005 season, while Rob Burrow made his debut for the club in 2001, meaning he spent five seasons as his teammate.

He also played alongside Kevin Sinfield for almost a decade, from 1997 to 2005.

Both Burrow and Sinfield received OBEs in the 2021 Birthday Honours and CBEs in the 2024 New Year Honours, but didn’t quite reach the next level – knighthood.

Speaking on Eddie and Stevo – The Podcast, Barrie McDermott lamented this fact.

He said: “I’m really frustrated that Kev and Rob didn’t get the ultimate accolade.

“We’ve called him Sir Kevin for a long time, but it should have been Sir Rob Burrow, it should have been Sir Kevin Sinfield the last time they got something.

“That’s irrelevant now, it matters not. It doesn’t matter to Kev or Rob, but that’s just the passion we’ve got for those two people.

“So many people are connected to their journey and their story.”

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Barrie McDermott’s tributes to Rob Burrow

Barrie McDermott and Kevin Sinfield, friends of Rob Burrow

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This isn’t the first tribute McDermott has made to Rob Burrow.

Shortly after the sad news of Rob’s passing, he shared this touching tribute on his Twitter account: “The world will never forget Rob Burrow. He is a hero to so many people and an inspiration to all who were lucky enough to meet him, or came across his story on and off the pitch.

“He made me dance like MJ and run, when I hate doing both, but he mainly made me laugh out loud.

“He was brave beyond words, in these last few months he has taught me so much about courage, kindness and love.

“Good night, God bless my little brother, I feel blessed to call you my friend.”

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