The Offload chats to... Kevin Sinfield
March 20, 2017
He won everything that Rugby League in England had to offer and his records will take decades to beat, but life’s a bit different now for Kevin Sinfield.
His kit bag now plays home to running shoes rather than rugby boots, as ‘Sir Kev’ prepares for his first marathon later this year. We recently caught up with him to chat about life after rugby, but also to remember his playing days. Here’s what he had to say…
You’ve not long retired, are you missing playing?
Yes, but it is getting easier. I’ve started running and have a couple of marathons lined up this year – this has helped massively.
You enjoyed a long and successful career in Rugby League. What made you switch to Rugby Union at the end of your career?
The challenge of trying a new sport always appealed to me. Making the move was on my bucket list and I’m really glad I did it.
You’re now back in Rugby League, but this time as a director. How are you finding your new role?
The new role is very challenging! The good stuff is brilliant, but the political nature takes some getting used too. The first 6 months have taught me so much, that in any other environment I wouldn’t have picked up.
The Super League started in February, who are you backing to do well in this year’s competition?
Castleford have had a great start and then the usual suspects (Wigan & Warrington) will be a threat once again.
Are there any new signings we should keep an eye on this season?
Zac Hardaker. I played with him at Leeds and he is class. He has just joined Castleford and I think his combination with Luke Gale will be great to watch in 2017.
“…they deserve a team that entertains and challenges for trophies.”
Leeds Rhinos had a disappointing season last year, do you think they will turn things around this year?
I hope so! I still have many good friends there and want them to do well. It’s a club that holds a special place in my heart as I spent over 20 years there after signing as a 13-year-old. The fans were brilliant with me and they deserve a team that entertains and challenges for trophies.
With Denny Solomona & Joshua Charnley now over in Rugby Union, who do you think will finish Super League’s Top Try Scorer in 2017?
One of the boys in Castleford’s back-three; Hardaker, Eden or Miniken. They are playing a really expansive game and I expect them all to be up there at the end of the season.
What was your most memorable moment as a player?
Being made England captain was a massive honour for me.
You 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. That must have been a very proud moment?
It was an awesome experience and the whole event left me very, very humbled. I was truly proud to be nominated to represent Rugby League.