Kevin Sinfield latest after leaving league role

Kevin Sinfield is just an ultimate professional on and off the field.

Not content with raising millions of pounds for friend Rob Burrow in his Motor Neurone Disease Fight with seven marathons in seven days, he has now set off to run 101 miles in 24 hours.

However, alongside that heroic charity work, Sinfield is also a defence coach at the Leicester Tigers after taking over from Mike Ford in the summer, securing an early departure from the Leeds Rhinos – where he had been director of rugby.

And, his impact in the 15-a-side code could not have been bigger, according to Leicester head coach Steve Borthwick.

“The way he interacts with players, the man-management – he is superb,” Borthwick told BBC Radio Leicester.

“He has an effect on players, they want to play for him. He can work with the kickers, he can work with the front row, but he’s also got the ability – with the position he played and the skill set he has – to work with our main distributors in attack, so the attack and defence coaches are working hand in hand.

“You see him day-to-day and what he adds around the group, and the hundreds of small interactions, you wouldn’t know about them until you see the effect of them.”

He added: “I watch him and see him man-managing people brilliantly.”

Not only does Sinfield have the utmost respect from the Tigers’ head coach but England playmaker George Ford has also praised the way in which the former league maestro has taken to the other code.

“He’s brought loads of knowledge and experience from his own career in rugby league,” he said.

“Even though it’s a vastly different game in many respects, the things around attitude in defence and working for each other, things around the collision, there’s a lot of things that cross over and obviously Kev has brought that with him, which has been great for us all.”

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