Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield looks set to depart England Rugby Union with a return to Rugby League most definitely on the cards.
This comes after England were defeated by South Africa in the Rugby Union World Cup after which some blamed Sinfield contesting that he did not have the experience to improve England’s defence enough at Test Level.
Since then, the Telegraph has reported that Sinfield is set to be replaced as Defence Coach and will leave his role by mutual consent.
However, according to Richard Wigglesworth speaking to the Rugby Pass, Sinfield could yet remain in his post.
“Nothing I have been aware of from Kev. It’s hard to comment on as it is not me who the story is about. Hopefully, there isn’t much in it,” he said, adding: “He is a close friend of mine from Leicester.
“I’m very close with him so I am probably incredibly biased about what Kev brings. I’m sure the lads and the environment will tell you he gives absolutely everything, has a big influence on individuals.
“He gives up a lot of his time just trying to help. We know he is that sort of person and he has done an exceptional job of doing it.”
Sinfield would more than likely be inundated with offers from Super League clubs if and when his departure from the England Rugby Union set up is confirmed.
Sinfield retired from rugby league in 2015 as a Treble Winner with Leeds Rhinos with his conversion for Josh Walters’ try winning the Grand Final for Leeds against Wigan Warriors.
The two-time Harry Sunderland Award winner would then have a brief spell in Rugby Union before retiring completely and taking up a role with the RFL.
But with Leeds in trouble in 2018, Sinfield returned as Director of Rugby providing some stability and the Challenge Cup trophy in 2020 but by 2021 he had grown tired of the red tape of the role and wanted to go into coaching which is what he did joining Leicester Tigers as Defence Coach under Steve Borthwick and helping them win the Premiership.
He would then follow Borthwick to the England set up.