LEEDS Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield received his MBE from the Duke of Cambridge at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony today.
The sportsman is the most successful captain in Leeds Rhinos’ history, leading them to six Grand Final victories in the last decade, three World Club Challenge triumphs and victory in the Challenge Cup this summer after six final defeats since 2000.
Sinfield said he dedicated the honour to his club: “I would like to accept it on behalf of the club really. So many people played a part in the success, over the last ten years in particular.
“For me to get recognised is very humbling but like I said I think it represents the club, all the players, our staff and the fans - it’s been a great place to work and play for the last ten years.”
Leeds Rhinos’ victory over Castleford Tigers in the Challenge Cup final this summer laid to rest many disappointments for England’s rugby league captain.
He said: “We’ve had a fair few shots at it and I’ve lost in five finals so there was certainly a little bit of baggage there, but to finally get over the line in August was incredible.”
Sinfield said William, who is vice royal patron of the Welsh Rugby Union, wrote to the national team before their semi-final match against New Zealand in the rugby league world cup last year.
He said: “I knew he had a keen interest in the England rugby league team, he sent the team a letter before the semi-final and he knew about the Challenge Cup - he’s not forgotten about us up in Leeds.”