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Sinfield says farewell to internationals

Date published: 02 September 2014

LEEDS and England captain Kevin Sinfield has called time on his international career.

The Oldham–born loose forward, 34 later this month, has won 26 England caps and 14 Great Britain caps, and appeared in the last three World Cups.

He admitted the decision to retire ahead of this season's Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand, had been a wrench.

"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 have always loved playing for my country. What has made the process easier is the knowledge that the environment Steve McNamara has created will continue the progress England have made in the last few seasons."

Sinfield, who succeeded Jamie Peacock as England skipper in October, 2012, said his decision had been made to prolong his club career.

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

"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."

McNamara paid tribute to Sinfield's "exemplary" contribution to the national cause.

"Kevin is the ultimate rugby league professional and it has been a privilege to work with him," he said.

 

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