'Arise, Sir Kevin' GM Mayor calls for knighthood for rugby hero

Date published: 24 November 2021

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has called for an official recognition for rugby legend and Oldham fundraiser, Kevin Sinfield.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Mr Burnham said: "To the powers that be in this country, isn't it about time that this great sport of Rugby League, the bonds that it builds between the people who play the game, isn't it about time it was recognised?

"I think it is, and I know a lot of people want to see that, and hear those immortal words 'Arise, Sir Kevin'"

Former Leeds captain Sinfield - who was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June for fundraising and services to rugby league - was met by supporters at Headingley yesterday as he completed a 24-hour, 101-mile run from Leicester where he now works as defence coach with the Tigers.

The Oldham-born rugby hero set off from Welford Road on Monday morning at 8.40am.

Sinfield's fund-raising for the Motor Neurone Disease Association has been inspired by his former Leeds team-mate Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2019.

The Manchester Mayor paid tribute to the strong bond between the two: "What you've done for Rob, but for anybody actually, affected by motor neurone disease, you've given people hope and you've shown that friendship really means something deep and personal.

"That is priceless."

You can read more about Kevin's fundraising here

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