Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield explains how his rugby career prepared him for his challenges for Rob Burrow and MND

Kevin Sinfield is a legendary figure in rugby league.

He is perhaps the best captain Super League has ever seen, he is certainly the most successful guiding Leeds Rhinos to seven Super League titles during his time as captain, a record not likely to be broken any time soon.

He was key to those successes, partly because of his performances claiming the Man of the Match and the subsequent Harry Sunderland Award in both 2009 and 2012 as Leeds defeated St Helens and Warrington Wolves, but also because of his nature as a skipper.

He was in many ways the perfect captain who brought the best out of his teammates.

Now though Sinfield is a legendary figure for other reasons. He has raised so much awareness and £7 million in the might against Motor Neurone Disease.

He ran seven marathons in seven days in 2020, 101 miles in 24 hours in 2021 and seven ultramarathons in a week recently all done in the name of good friend and former teammate Rob Burrow.

Speaking on The Last Leg, a show hosted by Warrington Wolves PDRL player and Channel 4’s Super League host Adam Hills, Sinfield explained how his career prepared him for these challenges.

“I sat next to Rob for 15 years in a dressing room, and for 13 of them I was his captain. Just because my career ended doesn’t mean I stop being a captain and wanting to make sure he’s okay.

“Me and his other former teammates just want to make sure he’s okay.”

He also explained how it started out about Rob but is now about the wider MND community: “It’s now about the MND community, it’s a community that has been ravaged for such a long time now but now people across the UK know and are doing there bit.”

Sinfield has been making headlines of a different sort recently with many expecting him and his Leicester Tigers boss Steve Brothwick would replace Eddie Jones as England rugby union boss who himself linked with the NRL.

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