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Kevin Sinfield misses out on knighthood in King’s birthday honours list

Kevin Sinfield (r) with Rob Burrow after completing his Extra Mile Challenge of 101 miles in under 24hrs.

Kevin Sinfield has been overlooked for a knighthood once again with the Leeds Rhinos legend’s name absent on the King’s birthday honours list.

There have long been calls to make ‘King Kev’ ‘Sir Kev’, but once again another honours announcement passes by without the recognition for Sinfield.

It would have been a particularly poignant time to be granted the honour as well with the sad passing of Sinfield’s best mate Rob Burrow still in the recent memory, the 41-year-old passing away just under a fortnight ago.

Both Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield were honoured in late 2023 with the duo handed CBEs, presented by Prince William at Headingley in a surprise ceremony, however, a knighthood escaped them.

Rugby League fans and the wider public will likely be upset once again that Kevin Sinfield has been overlooked for a knighthood this time around given the incredible work that the former Leeds captain has done for charity.

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Should Kevin Sinfield have been knighted?

Kevin Sinfield

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Speaking when he was awarded his CBE, Kevin Sinfield said: “When you think what we have done over the last few years, it is not about getting honours, it is about the MND community. I feel like I’m the one getting singled out but it’s been a real team effort from everybody. I can’t do it on my own, I need everybody to do their bit and it’s been an incredible journey.”

However, he’ll be making no such comments today after missing out on a knighthood. That was something that former teammate Barrie McDermott claimed last week that both he and Rob Burrow should have been handed.

Appearing on the Eddie and Stevo podcast, McDermott argued: “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.”

Honoured today as part of the King’s birthday honours include former postmaster Alan Bates who brought attention to the Post Office scandal and helped campaign on behalf of 900 colleagues who were prosecuted incorrectly.

One sportsman who has been knighted is Mark Cavendish with the cyclist recognised for a career in the sport. The former Olympian is set to take part in his last-ever Tour de France later this month.

Those honoured can be found here.

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  1. Cartwright Raymond

    June 16, 2024 at 9:31 am

    It’s a disgrace that Kevin wasn’t knighted with all the things he as done but others get knighted for riding a bike and get pampered SHOCKING

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