Inside RL: Sinfield and Leeds Rhinos fine ambassadors

PICTURED at Eton College, Berkshire this week are Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington, far left, along with players Kallum Watkins, Zak Hardaker and Kevin Sinfield and pupils of the top public school and the Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge Trophy.
PICTURED at Eton College, Berkshire this week are Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington, far left, along with players Kallum Watkins, Zak Hardaker and Kevin Sinfield and pupils of the top public school and the Heinz Big Soup World Club Challenge Trophy.
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It’s good to see Kevin Sinfield finally gaining the recognition he deserves.

Leeds’ greatest captain was invited to speak to the Sports Society at Eton School earlier this week, less than a month after delivering a pre-Six Nations pep talk to the England rugby union team.

He was also subject of a glowing Guardian editorial – in the news rather than sports pages – following last year’s Grand Final triumph, his fifth. Sinfield has now captained Leeds in 16 major finals and lifted 10 trophies, which is more than anyone else.

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He holds Leeds and Super League records for most career goals and will soon become his club’s most prolific points scorer.

He currently stands on 2,883, which is 37 short of Lewis Jones’ record, set way back in 1964.

Sinfield recently played his 400th game for Leeds and should be up to at least sixth in the club’s all-time list by the time he hangs up his boots.

Now Rhinos fan Margaret Ratcliffe thinks he should be made a Freeman of the city.

She said: “I think that would be appropriate. What Kevin has done for the city of Leeds deserves recognition at Civic level.”

Time for fans to mount a campaign perhaps. Oldham-based he may be, but Sinfield is one of Leeds’ great assets – and it would be good to see him honoured as such.

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