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Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield to retire at end of rugby union season

  • Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield has announced he will retire from rugby at the end of the season
  • The 35-year-old switched codes from league to join union side Yorkshire Carnegie last November
  • He captained Leeds for 13 years and won seven Grand Finals, three World Club Challenges and two Challenge Cups
Kevin Sinfield MBE has announced he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the season after an illustrious 20-year career.

The former Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league captain switched codes to Yorkshire Carnegie in November last year and has helped his new team reach the end-of-season play-offs.

“I have always said that some day I will need to get a proper job and that day has now come,” Sinfield said.

The former England skipper, who finished second in BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2015, will retire after Carnegie’s Championship play-off campaign.



“I have thoroughly enjoyed the last seven months with Yorkshire Carnegie and I would like to thank the coaches, players and supporters for making me feel so welcome.

“I have always gave total commitment to every team I have ever played in and therefore I have decided to hang up my boots at the end of this season.”

Sinfield made his Championship debut for Carnegie in November and has scored 117 points in 16 appearances in all competitions.

He admitted last month that he would miss playing rugby league “every day for the rest of my life” and that he had under-estimated the differences between the codes.