Kevin Sinfield’s move to rugby union side Leicester Tigers has been confirmed.
Sinfield, who was recently awarded an OBE for his fundraising efforts in aid of motor neurone disease, was confirmed to leave his role as direct of rugby at Leeds at the end of the current Super League season.
Now it has been revealed that he will link up with Premiership side Leicester Tigers, working under head coach Steve Borthwick as defensive coach for the 2021/22 season.
The former Leeds and England captain was also awarded an MBE in 2014 for services to rugby league.
He said: “I love the club [Leeds Rhinos] and the people I work with, but I feel now is the right time for a new challenge.
“As well as the role changing, I have changed through my experiences in the last 18 months, both at the club and through my fundraising activities.
“I am proud of our record over the last three years as we have rediscovered the spirit of the Rhinos within this group with a squad of young, talented, home-grown players secured on long-term contracts for the foundations of a new era of success in the years ahead.
“I am really looking forward to this new opportunity in my career and the chance to work with Steve Borthwick, his coaching team and the playing group he is building at Leicester Tigers.
“It is a big challenge, but one that I know I am ready for and – after speaking with Steve – I am looking forward to joining the club at this stage on its journey and getting to work in Leicester.
“I am delighted to be able to join a huge club like Leicester Tigers with such a great history and supporter base.”