Leeds Rhinos legend could be set for Head Coach role in what could be a worrying development for Super League

Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield is reportedly a “strong contender” to become Leicester Tigers Head Coach.

There has recently been a lot of uncertainty around Sinfield’s career. He left Leeds Rhinos in 2021 having been Director of Rugby for three years at Headingley to become Defence Coach at Leicester under Steve Borthwick.

Sinfield then helped deliver the Premiership to Leicester in 2022 but the Tigers’ success has created problems for themselves.

England rugby union parted company with Eddie Jones last week. The England boss has been outspoken on his desire to coach in the NRL and has previously been chased by Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves.

Jones’ departure obviously leaves the RFU with an appointment to make and they have set their sights on Borthwick.

They originally wanted his staff too offering the Tigers £2 million in a move that would see Sinfield replace ex-Hull FC boss Brett Hodgson as Defence Coach for England.

However, now The Telegraph is reporting that they are now willing to offer just £1 million for Borthwick. The Telegraph has also said that this would make Sinfield a “strong contender” to replace Borthwick as Leicester Head Coach.

The reasoning behind this is explained as follows: “Sinfield, the rugby league legend, is a strong contender to succeed Borthwick as head coach at Leicester, with the club keen to enhance their connections with the 13-a-side code.”

Thus, not only would this be disappointing news for rugby league to again see a legendary player benefit the future of rugby union rather than rugby league, just like Andy Farrell and Shaun Edwards before him, but it seems that it could make Super League players realistic for the Tigers with Sinfield’s appointment set to enhance links to rugby league potentially enabling the Tigers to lure top stars to the other code.

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