It was announced yesterday that Kevin Sinfield would make the huge move to become Head of Defence for England Rugby Union, something that had been rumoured since the head coach role became vacant at the start of the month.
Less than 24 hours after one of the biggest announcements and career moves in Sinfield’s illustrious career he is back on the road running to raise money for charity, as he has done raising millions over the last few years.
Sinfield joins his Leicester Tigers boss Steve Borthwick as part of the England rugby union set-up and the pair who won Leicester the Premiership last year will head to the World Cup with England in nine months time.
Upon announcement the RFU spoke about Sinfield and his achievements, but he’s already added another charitable cause to the list.
On his charitable work the RFU statement read: “Sinfield started playing Rugby League at Waterhead ARLFC. He was a player, captain and director of rugby for Leeds Rhinos where he led the team to seven Super League championships and two Challenge Cup successes. He was a loose forward as well as a stand-0ff.
“Sinfield was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to rugby league and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to rugby league football and charitable fundraising.
“He has raised over £7m for charity and championed research in support of ex-Leeds teammate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND), his fundraising also honours former rugby union player Doddie Weir and former footballer Stephen Darby, both of whom were diagnosed with MND.”
Only this morning Sinfield joined Gary McKee, the so called Marathon Man, for his daily marathon raising money for Macmillan Cancer and Hospice at Home West Cumbria.
McKee has set the target of running a marathon every single day during the year of 2022 and is onto the last few legs of his journey.
Not one to avoid charity work and raising money for charity Sinfield joined McKee this morning donning a festive shirt mimicking Father Christmas.
Leeds Rhinos Legend and The New England RU Defence Coach Kevin Sinfield joins Gary McKee!!
— Gary McKee (@Marathon_Man365) December 20, 2022
McKee has the aim of raising £1 million and currently stands at £333,000 but with the attention that Sinfield brings and the generosity shown by the rugby league community, and hopefully now the rugby union community McKee may well reach his target.
Sinfield’s former club Leeds Rhinos also tweeted the news in the hope of raising more awareness and to recognise the brilliant work that Sinfield is doing, even in the midst of one of the biggest professional announcements in his career.
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) December 20, 2022
Sinfield is set to run the Rob Burrow Leeds marathon next year and will do so pushing Burrow around the course as they aim to raise more money for MND research.