Leeds Rhinos: Video produced to boost Leeds legend Sinfield’s SPOTY bid

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LEEDS RHINOS hope the whole of rugby league will get behind former captain Kevin Sinfield’s bid to become the BBC Sports Personality of the Year - and Super League have produced this video to show just why.

The legendary stand-off has become the first rugby player ever to be nominated for the award since its inception in 1954.

Sinfield, 35, led Leeds to an historic treble this season – Super League, Challenge Cup and League Leaders’ Shield – the first time that feat has been achieved in the club’s long history.

He has switched codes to join Yorkshire Carnegie last month but is renowned as being one of the greatest players of his generation having captained Leeds to seven Grand Final wins, two Challenge Cups and three World Club Challenges.

The prestigious BBC award is up for grabs on Sunday December 20 and, though he is up against favourite Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis-Hill, such is the level of expected backing from Rhinos fans that Sinfield’s odds have dropped from an initial price of 33/1 to 14/1, making him third favourite according to Ladbrokes.

Leeds hope to see those odds drop further by getting the entire sport to vote for the player who, of course, also captained England at the 2013 World Cup.

There is growing support for his cause from rival clubs and it seems there is a swelling of opinion that Sinfield will do well on the night.