When Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield left rugby league towards the back end of last year, many couldn’t believe what they were seeing or reading.
A rugby league hero, with a director of rugby role at his beloved Leeds, joined rugby union side Leicester Tigers as defence coach.
“I was unhappy, I wasn’t enjoying the role,” Sinfield told the Ventur Further podcast.
“Covid came and I felt there was a lot of things happened that didn’t need to.
“An opportunity presented itself and I thought ‘why not?’
“I don’t want to have any regrets, and thought I’m going to throw myself at it and give it a go.
“Rob (Burrow) has been a big part of that, seeing how the last two years have affected rob and understanding that this could happen to anyone of us at any time.
“We’ve got to make the most of what we’ve got.”
Sinfield revealed that Rob is the biggest inspiration in his life at present.
“It’s been a tough couple of years for everybody and I like to think people are a bit more aware of their own thoughts and feelings and those who are less fortunate than themselves – I’m trying to help peoples’ journeys a lot smoother.
“What’s happened with Rob has inspired me massively but also scares me to death – to think why, how and how this shouldn’t have happened but I understand it is part of life.
“You’ve got to try and make the best of it.”