Support grows for Kevin Sinfield knighthood after rugby league legend’s 101-mile MND run

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The great Sinfield of Leeds Rhinos has long been referred to as “Sir Kev”, but his recent success in raising funds to support his “little friend” Rob Burrow has led to widespread appeals for chivalry.

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Politicians and celebrities join a growing army of supporters who want rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield to be knighted.

NS former England captain Nicknamed “Sir Kev” by longtime Leeds Rhinos fans, he has won multiple awards alongside his “little friend” Rob Burrow.

Yesterday, as Kevin’s latest challenge, a Running 101 miles in 24 hours to raise funds for motor neurone diseaseAs Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham approaches £2m, “Many people want to see and hear these immortal words. ‘Rise, Sir Kevin’.

He told her: “You’ve given people hope and shown that friendship is something truly deep and personal, and that’s invaluable.

“I can tell the forces in this country about this great sport of rugby league, isn’t it time to be recognized?”

Former Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Kevin Sinfield completes the Extra Mile Challenge with Rob Burrow’s daughter Macy Burrow at Emerald Headingley Stadium on November 23, 2021

Boxing hero Frank Bruno He also said he hopes the honor chiefs are “watching”.

Kevin, 41, rushed from the Leicester Tigers field, where he is now coach, to Headingley, where 1,000 fans were cheering until the finish. Pal Rob, who was diagnosed with MND in 2019, was there with Rob’s wife, Lindsey, and their nine-year-old daughter, Macy.

The humble Kevin yesterday said he felt “a little offended – but okay”, and reacting to calls to give him the knighthood, he said: BBC : “It’s really good. But I’d rather the money go to MND research while we’re trying to find a cure.

“The biggest driving force is to build the new. Rob Burrow Care Center in Leeds. We want it to open. If someone out there has a few million pounds saved and can donate, that would be a really nice thing.”

He said the run was “a great team effort” and added: “I played with a few great guys and a lot of them came to join me. I knew it was going to be a fight.

Former Leeds Rhinos rugby league player Kevin Sinfield (right) talks to former teammate Rob Burrow


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“We needed people to see how hard it was, it was terrible. But I didn’t think for a moment that we would never finish it.

“So many happy memories take away the pain. Bands were playing, the crowd was incredible.”

Well-wishers watched in a trailer he used for his rest breaks while the others cooked pizza.

Kevin was only able to reduce fluids when his heart rate and glucose levels were monitored.

He raised £2.7m in seven marathons in seven days last year. “We are so proud of her,” Anne Beryl Sinfield, 69, told Mirror.

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