Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland has called for Kevin Sinfield to be recognised with an Honour for services to rugby league in the Queen’s New Years Honours list.
Sinfield, 32, led the Rhinos to their sixth Super League triumph in nine years last season, and the club’s fans celebrated 10 years with him as captain by renaming Monday 3rd December “Sir Kevin Sinfield day”.
To coincide with the day, Mulholland, who is also chair of the All Party Parliamentary Rugby League Group, tabled a motion in parliament.
He said: “I am delighted to be able to pay tribute to Kevin Sinfield in Parliament for his ten incredible years as the inspirational captain of Leeds Rhinos as well as playing for and captaining his country.
“It has been a remarkable period for the Rhinos, who since naming Kevin as the youngest captain in the clubs history in 2002, have reached seventeen major finals, winning a record breaking six Grand Finals and two Super League Shields. Yet just as important as his amazing playing record and his remarkable attitude towards his sport and his club, he also is a fantastic role model and an example of how a successful sportsman can promote values of teamwork, sportsmanship and discipline on and off the field.
“It is only right that Kevin’s success and contribution to rugby league, both for Leeds Rhinos and for England, is recognised and that is why I have written again suggesting him for an honour and I hope it won’t be long before we are referring to him as Sir Kevin Sinfield three hundred and sixty five days a year!”
Sinfield has led Leeds to 17 major finals, winning nine of them, although a Challenge Cup winners medal is still missing from his collection.