47 Facts About Kevin Sinfield


Kevin Sinfield was born on 12 September 1980 and is the defence coach for the Leicester Tigers Rugby Union club.

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Kevin Sinfield is a former professional rugby league player, captain and director of rugby for Leeds Rhinos.

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Kevin Sinfield is widely regarded as one of the greatest kickers in rugby league history.

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Kevin Sinfield earned individual accolades as winner of the Lance Todd Trophy, Harry Sunderland Trophy twice and the Golden Boot, one of only five British-based players to win the latter.

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Kevin Sinfield holds records as the highest points-scorer in Super League history, the third-highest points-scorer in British rugby league history and Leeds' record points scorer.

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Kevin Sinfield is only one of two players to have led a team to win three consecutive Super League titles.

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Kevin Sinfield won 26 caps for England, which he captained, and 14 caps for Great Britain.

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Kevin Sinfield made his first team debut for Leeds aged 16 against the Sheffield Eagles.

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Kevin Sinfield went on to make three further appearances during the 1997 and 1998 seasons, scoring his first try against the Huddersfield Giants in September 1998.

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Kevin Sinfield was unlucky not to be selected for the 1999 Challenge Cup Final at the old Wembley Stadium.

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Kevin Sinfield played for Leeds at stand-off in the 2003 Challenge Cup Final against Bradford Bulls, kicking four goals in his side's defeat.

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Kevin Sinfield played for Great Britain in the 2nd and 3rd Ashes Tests of the 2003 Kangaroo tour of Great Britain and France.

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Kevin Sinfield played for Leeds at stand-off, kicking four goals in their 2004 Super League Grand Final victory against Bradford.

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Kevin Sinfield played for Leeds in the 2005 Challenge Cup Final at stand-off, kicking four goals in their loss against Hull FC but being awarded the Lance Todd Trophy as man of the match nonetheless.

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Kevin Sinfield played for Leeds at loose forward, kicking a goal in their 2005 Super League Grand Final loss against Bradford Bulls.

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Kevin Sinfield was selected to play for Great Britain in the end-of-season 2005 Tri-nations tournament.

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In 2007, Kevin Sinfield became the first Leeds player to score in every round of a Super League season, a feat which he repeated in the 2011 season including kicking 6 out of 7 goals in the Rhinos' fourth Grand final victory over St Helens in 5 years.

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Kevin Sinfield set a Super League record by scoring in 52 consecutive Super League games.

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Kevin Sinfield scored his 2,000th point for the club as Leeds defeated St Helens for the second successive year in the 2008 Super League Grand Final.

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Kevin Sinfield was selected for the England squad to compete in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup tournament in Australia.

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Kevin Sinfield capped the 2009 season by winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy for his performance as he led Leeds to victory in a third successive Grand Final.

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Kevin Sinfield dedicated the win at Old Trafford to the recently deceased former Leeds player John Holmes.

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Kevin Sinfield was selected to play for England against France in the one-off test in 2010.

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Kevin Sinfield played in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium.

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Kevin Sinfield captained Leeds from stand-off in the 2011 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Wigan Warriors at Wembley Stadium, kicking only one goal from four attempts in their loss.

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Kevin Sinfield played a pivotal role in the England team in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations, which involved games against Australia, New Zealand and Wales.

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Kevin Sinfield became the all-time top points scorer for Leeds early in the 2012 season.

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Kevin Sinfield played in the 2012 Challenge Cup Final defeat by the Warrington Wolves at Wembley Stadium.

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Kevin Sinfield turned in a Man-of-the-Match performance in the final, winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy with a try, a penalty and 4 conversions.

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Kevin Sinfield beat off competition from Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins as well as Australians Cameron Smith, Ben Barba, Cooper Cronk and Nate Myles to claim the prize that is awarded annually by Rugby League World magazine to the game's top performer.

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On 17 July 2014, for the first time in his career, Kevin Sinfield was sent off against Castleford for a headbutt on Luke Dorn A month later he captained Leeds in the 2014 Challenge Cup Final victory over the Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium, the last remaining domestic trophy that he had yet to win.

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On 31 March 2015 Kevin Sinfield announced the 2015 season would be his last in rugby league and that he will finish his career with rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie.

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Kevin Sinfield played in the 2015 Challenge Cup Final victory over Hull Kingston Rovers at Wembley Stadium.

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Kevin Sinfield joined Leeds Rhinos sister club Yorkshire Carnegie on an 18-month contract.

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Kevin Sinfield came on as a sub in the last 15 minutes in the British and Irish Cup, scoring a penalty but missing a conversion later on.

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On 24 August 2016 the Rugby Football League announced that Kevin Sinfield was joining the RFL as Rugby Director responsible for reviewing and developing a performance strategy for the England national team until the 2021 World Cup.

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Kevin Sinfield will leave the Rhinos at the conclusion of the 2021 season to join rugby union side Leicester Tigers as defence coach.

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In November 2020, Kevin Sinfield announced he would be running seven marathons in seven days to raise £77,777 in funds for ex-Leeds teammate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease a year earlier, as well as the MND Association.

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In October 2021, Kevin Sinfield announced his second fundraiser, running between Leicester Tigers' home ground Welford Road Stadium, and Leeds Rhinos' Headingley, a distance of approximately 101 miles, in under 24 hours.

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In September 2022, Kevin Sinfield announced his third fundraiser, in which he would run seven ultramarathons in seven consecutive days, beginning at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh and concluding at Old Trafford in Manchester, the final run concluding during the final of the Rugby League World Cup.

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Kevin Sinfield was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to rugby league and Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2021 Birthday Honours for services to rugby league football and charitable fundraising.

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Kevin Sinfield became the first rugby league player to be nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, finishing in second place behind Andy Murray in 2015.

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Kevin Sinfield is a lifelong supporter of Oldham Athletic, and was a regular at games before his rugby career took off.

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Kevin Sinfield's son, Jack Sinfield is a professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Leeds Rhinos in the Betfred Super League.

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Kevin Sinfield featured on the BBC's long-running programme Desert Island Discs on 14th October 2022.

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Kevin Sinfield set a number of club and league records during his rugby league career.

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Kevin Sinfield is the Super League's record appearance holder and point's scorer.

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