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Defence Coach

Kevin Sinfield OBE

  • Date of Birth12 Sep 1980
  • BirthplaceOldham

Kevin Sinfield will join Steve Borthwick’s coaching team at Leicester Tigers as Defence Coach ahead of the 2021/22 season.

Sinfield joins Tigers after three years as Director of Rugby at Super League club Leeds Rhinos. 

In a trophy-laden professional rugby league career spanning 18 years, Sinfield made more than 500 appearances for Leeds Rhinos and represented England and Great Britain on more than 40 occasions.

A seven-time Super League champion, two-time Challenge Cup and triple World Club Challenge winner, Sinfield finished his rugby league career as the most decorated domestic professional player in English history and the Super League's record appearance holder and points-scorer.

He was awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to rugby league.

In 2015, he joined Yorkshire Carnegie in the RFU Championship for a season before retiring from playing professionally at the conclusion of the campaign.

Sinfield was appointed Rugby Director of the Rugby Football League in 2016 and helped lead England to the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Final before returning to Rhinos as Director of Rugby the following year.

In the recent 2021 Queens Birthday Honours, the incoming Tigers assistant coach was awarded an OBE for services to rugby league and charitable fundraising.