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Fresh twist in Kevin Sinfield’s future as rugby league return looms

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The future of Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield has been one of the major talking points in recent months.

Whenever Sinfield has left Leeds, he has ended up in rugby union and after leaving his role at Headingley in 2021, Sinfield helped Leicester Tigers boss Steve Borthwick win the Premiership resulting in both taking over at England and helping them to third place in the Rugby Union World Cup.

However, despite this relative success, Sinfield was blamed for England’s short comings and reports emerged that suggested Sinfield would be let go. But after a while, these reports died down only for them to re-emerge again.

The Daily Mail are reporting that both Kevin Sinfield and Richard Wigglesworth could stand to lose their roles in the England set up due to the arrival Felix Jones in the set-up.

They even claim that talks have been held about Sinfield’s exit from the set up though he may stay on for the next Six Nations.

Were he to leave, Sinfield would no doubt become a target in the Betfred Super League.

Sinfield had been linked with a move to Warrington Wolves. This came after reports suggested that he would be leaving the England Rugby Union set up after many reports blamed Sinfield for their failure to reach the final.

Another man many in rugby league feel was unfairly blamed for England rugby union disappointment in the shape of Sam Burgess is the man tipped to want Sinfield in the Warrington set up.

Burgess arrives at the Halliwell Jones Stadium to replace Sinfield’s former Leeds boss and new Wakefield Trinity coach Daryl Powell. It is his first Head Coach role after being an assistant at South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2023.

He has big ambitions and had been linked with a move for his former England teammate and captain in the shape of Sinfield. Burgess even admitted that the two were set to have a coffee together but said that he was not trying to entice Sinfield into joining Warrington.

Now though the likelihood of Sinfield leaving rugby union has increased with reports from the Daily Mail claiming that he will likely leave alongside Richard Wigglesworth.

That being said, the Mail also claim that Sinfield will not be joining Warrington Wolves with them claiming that such reports are “wide of the mark.”

Sinfield is Leeds through and through since arriving at the club as a 13 year old despite growing up in Oldham. He made his professional debut at 16 in 1997 against Sheffield Eagles and went on to spend 19 seasons with the club becoming their youngest ever club captain in 2003.

He led Leeds to a record seven Super League title in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015 as well as back to back Challenge Cup Final wins in 2014 and 2015. The 2015 win was part of a historic treble which included a third League Leaders’ Shield in his final season as a player for the club.

Sinfield also won three World Club Challenges in 2005, 2008 and 2012. At the end of 2015, the former England skipper retired from professional rugby league and enjoyed a brief stint at Yorkshire Carnegie in rugby union.

After this there was interest from Sydney Roosters in signing him due to an injury crisis at the club but this never came to pass. He would instead officially retire from both codes before taking up a role at the RFL.

In 2018 however, he would return to his beloved Leeds Rhinos as they found themselves in a relegation battle. He took on the Director of Rugby Role and oversaw the appointment and dismissal of former teammate David Furner.

Sinfield went on to appoint Richard Agar and sign many of the players who would lead Leeds to the Challenge Cup trophy in 2020. However, in 2021 he left the club after it became clear to him that he wanted to coach so he became defence coach at Leicester Tigers as his son Jack became the only Sinfield at the club.

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