Could Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield make a historic return to rugby league will have been the question everyone asked upon the news of his likely departure from England Rugby Union.
Kevin Sinfield retired from rugby league as a treble winner in 2015 with the Leeds Rhinos.
He then enjoyed a brief spell with Yorkshire Rugby Union before joining the RFL.
Then in 2018, he took on the role of Director of Rugby at Leeds as he looked to steer them out of their slump.
Although he helped deliver the Challenge Cup in 2020, Sinfield would leave after 2021 due to their being too much red tape for him.
He instead joined Leicester Tigers as Defence Coach and when Head Coach Steve Borthwick left for England, Sinfield followed.
But following England’s semi-final defeat to South Africa, the Telegraph reported that Sinfield would be leaving his role opening the door for a return to rugby league or even a return to Leeds and reuniting with son Jack Sinfield.
We know how much family means to him with the former Leeds star opening up about his motivations and his relationship with the Evening Standard recently.
“It’s family, I think it’s my family the most,” said Sinfield.
“But also there’s my good mate Rob, who’s probably partly why I’m here. So he’s been watching the games at home, and he’s becoming a bit of a fan, so he’ll be tuning in tomorrow. He’s another rugby union convert now.
“I haven’t really had much chance to be in touch with him while we’ve been in France,” said Sinfield.
“To be honest he’s been to that many different awards dinners the last couple of weeks, it’s hard trying to keep track!
“He was on holiday the weekend before, so it’s just general stuff, but he’s been following the games, he’s been really enjoying it. He would have made a great scrum-half by the way.”
It is a shame to see it end this way for Sinfield who also spoke passionately about the project just days ago.
He said: “First of all it’s a real honour to wear the badge, we’ve mentioned right from the start how proud the players are,” said Sinfield.
“We’ve come a long way as you know, the last nine, 10 months, so to find ourselves in a big game against such a great opposition at a stunning venue is pretty special.”