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Leeds rugby legend Kevin Sinfield announces his retirement

Kevin Sinfield only began his rugby union career this season Credit: PA

Kevin Sinfield has announced that he will retire from professional rugby at the end of the current rugby union season.

The former Leeds Rhinos and England rugby league captain switched codes to Yorkshire Carnegie in November 2015 and has helped his new team reach the British & Irish Cup Final and the end of season play offs.

Sinfield ended his Rugby League career last October leading Leeds Rhinos to the treble in his final game for the club at Old Trafford.

Sinfield ended his Rhinos career on a high after winning the treble in his final season Credit: PA

I have been privileged and deeply honoured to have enjoyed a 20 year career as a professional rugby player and to retire, on my own terms rather than through injury, is something I feel lucky to be able to do. I have always said that some day I will need to get a proper job and that day has now come. 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. A number of opportunities have become available to me for life after rugby and I need to make the right decision for me and my family.

– Kevin Sinfield

Sinfield’s services to Rugby League were recognised in 2014 when he was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and he fulfilled a long held ambition to finally lead the Rhinos to glory in the Challenge Cup.

In 2012 he became the leading points scorer in the club’s history and finished his career third in the all time list of points scorers in the history of Rugby League.