The door is now firmly open for Kevin Sinfield to return to rugby league and specifically Super League.
Sinfield is set to leave his new role with England Rugby Union as skills coach at the end of the summer after Head Coach Steve Borthwick stated that Sinfield wanted to head in a different direction.
This opens up the opportunity for him to return to the 13-man game after becoming an accomplished coach un union.
Could he return to Headingley and the Leeds Rhinos? He was spotted at Kirkstall this week at Leeds pre-season training.
Sinfield is also set to receive a CBE for his fundraising in the fight against Motor Neurone Disease.
Speaking about his recent challenges, he said: “I was at the World Cup for two months and before that I was in camp for three months. In terms of long runs, up until the start of November I hadn’t done any for five months. So probably a little bit underdone run-wise.
“And then with the World Cup taking place, we didn’t think it was right to announce. Phil Daly’s tirelessly with the logistics and putting things together behind the scenes and I’ve been fully focused on the World Cup. So probably from a preparation point of view we’re all a bit underdone but actually there are a thousand reasons why we shouldn’t go again and I’m not going to make any excuses at all but there is one big reason why we should and that’s Rob and representing this beautiful community.”
Speaking about the inspiration, Rob Burrow, Sinfield added:
“Yeah, he’s a bit like you, he thinks of crackers but he fully gets it, he’s with us 100% in spirit, he was there at the start and at the finish for us so he’s such an inspirational friend and you know I’m delighted we’re the number seven again.”
Sinfield is likely set to take on another challenge in 2024 but by then could he be back in Super League? Time will only tell but it would be a massive boost for the sport if he did return to the 13 man game.
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