England league veteran Kevin Sinfield retires

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 07:45 02/09/2014
Kevin Sinfield
Getty
CALLING TIME: England captain Kevin Sinfield will miss this year's Four Nations tournament after announcing his retirement.

Relevant offers

League

Cronulla Sharks claim underdog tag for NRL grand final against Melbourne Storm Anthony Mundine calls for anthem boycott at NRL and AFL grand finals Bromwich brothers look to emulate Burgess boys in Sunday's NRL grand final James Maloney relishes opportunity for third NRL grand final Canberra Raiders duo Jordan Rapana and Joseph Tapine get Kiwis callup Surgery rules second-rower Alex Glenn out of Kiwis' Four Nations campaign Head to head: The Storm or the Sharks – who is set for NRL glory in 2016? Kiwi league star Jason Taumalolo, Storm's Cooper Cronk jointly win Dally M Medal Justin Morgan, Willie Poching join Kiwis coaching staff for Four Nations Why the Cronulla Sharks are ready to beat Melbourne Storm to win NRL grand final

England will need to find a new captain for next month's Four Nations rugby league tournament after Kevin Sinfield decided to put club before country and retire from international football.

The lock forward, who turns 34 later this month, won 26 England caps and made 14 Great Britain appearances. He played in the last three World Cups.

But Sinfield wants to prolong his club career with Leeds and believes to do that, he needs to call time on his test career.

That means no Four Nations with the tournament to be held in Australia and New Zealand and also featuring the Samoan national team.

"Following the World Cup, I was keen to continue. However, I want to be able to perform at the highest possible level whenever I take the field," Sinfield said in announcing his retirement.

"I believe that by taking this decision, it will enable me to do that for the Rhinos for the remainder of my career."

Sinfield captained Leeds to their first Challenge Cup final victory in 15 years last month.

''This is a decision I have taken a great deal of time over and it has been the toughest of my professional career,'' he said.

"I will cherish my memories of international rugby, they have helped shape me into the player I am today and it has always been special to pull on the England or Great Britain shirt.

"Steve McNamara and the team have a great opportunity this year in Australia and New Zealand and I wish them all the very best for the Four Nations."

Coach McNamara paid tribute to Sinfield: "Kevin is the ultimate rugby league professional and it has been a privilege to work with him in the last few years, when his attitude, application and enthusiasm have rubbed off on everybody.

"His contribution and commitment to the England programme has been exemplary.

"I know that he has not taken this decision lightly and having spoken to him at length in the last few days I fully understand his reasons for calling time on his international career.

"Kevin's achievements with Leeds Rhinos are well documented and this decision will allow him to focus fully on extending his record as the club's most successful captain."

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Special offers
Opinion poll

Who is your pick for international league player of the year?

Shaun Johnson

Jesse Bromwich

Sam Burgess

James Graham

Greg Inglis

Johnathan Thurston

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content