Rugby League World Cup: Kevin Sinfield proud to lead England in tournament
Last Updated: October 16, 2013 8:18am
Kevin Sinfield: Proud to lead England in the Rugby League World Cup
Kevin Sinfield says being captain of Steve McNamara's England squad for this month's Rugby League World Cup is the 'proudest moment' of his career.
The 33-year-old goal-kicking stand-off or loose forward was handed the armband in last year's autumn international series, although he insists there were a number of names in the frame.
The Leeds Rhinos ace will become only the fifth man to lead England or Great Britain in a World Cup on home soil when the tournament gets underway against Australia on October 26.
RL World Cup winners
1954: Great Britain
1957: Australia (league format)
1960: Great Britain (league format)
1972: Great Britain (league format)
1975: Australia (league format)
2008: New Zealand
"Getting the job last year was the proudest moment of my career and probably the best moment of my career," commented Sinfield.
"And to be doing it in a World Cup on home soil, knowing the preparation we've had as a group and what the staff and we as players have invested in it, to get here now is a huge honour.
"There are a number of guys who could have got this job and done it fantastically well.
"If it meant I wasn't involved or was playing back-up as part of the squad and helping out, I would have been more than happy to play that role.
"When you look through the list of names, there are a number of club captains and people who have captained England before.
"It's not a one-man job any way. At different times people lead in different ways. I think that's really important as a group going forward."