Canterbury brand ambassador Kevin Sinfield is one of the true stars of rugby and has career statistics that anyone from the rugby world would envy. At 35 years of age Kevin has drawn the curtain on his Rugby playing days, after a glittering career at Leeds Rhinos winning everything and scoring the most points in a Super League career as well as making the most appearances in a Super League career. He switched codes to play for Yorkshire Carnegie in the 2015/16 season and decided to hang up his boots at the end of that campaign.
Kevin has retired as one of the greatest respected athletes ever to have played a professional sport and will continue to inspire many.
This is his story.
Born in Oldham in the heartland of rugby league, Kevin played his first competitive game aged about six, when his brother asked him to play for Oldham Juniors (now Waterhead) Under 9s because the side was short of players. Turning out in borrowed boots, he picked the game up very quickly and within a couple of years was recognised as an outstanding young player. He went on to captain Lancashire Under-10s and other representative teams at age group level, culminating in captaining the England Schools Under-16 side.
A one club man
Despite interest from several clubs, Kevin joined Leeds Rhinos, making his first team debut in 1997 aged just 16 years. The rest of Kevin’s story is, as they say, history. Playing mostly as a loose forward or stand-off, he went on to play 521 times for Leeds and captained the side to seven Super League championships and two Challenge Cup victories. On the way he became the Super League’s highest points scorer, the highest points scorer for the Rhinos and the third highest points scorer in British rugby league history. He also played 27 times for England and 14 times for Great Britain.
Along the way he also picked up the Lance Todd Trophy, two Harry Sunderland Trophies, the Golden Boot and was runner-up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. He has also been awarded the MBE for services to rugby league.
Attitude to the game
Kevin has always given his best and credits the wonderful support of his parents for where he is today. As a captain, he knew exactly how to bring out the best in the players around him and was a great inspiration to his side.
He loves rugby and believes that you play at your best when you’re enjoying the game. He is a fine role model for any young player, irrespective of which code and we are really proud to have him as our ambassador.