SPOTY contender Sinfield all set for Silver Royd clash

Leeds Rhinos legend and Yorkshire Carnegie's latest signing Kevin Sinfield is heading for Silver Royd
Leeds Rhinos legend and Yorkshire Carnegie's latest signing Kevin Sinfield is heading for Silver Royd
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Former rugby league legend and BBC Sports Personality of the Year contender Kevin Sinfield is heading for Scarborough RUFC.

Sinfield switched codes and signed for Yorkshire Carnegie after finishing a glittering career at Leeds Rhinos on a high after helping them secure the treble in 2015.

Carnegie have decided to take some of their British & Irish Cup clashes on the road across Yorkshire, and following Scarborough RUFC’s successful hosting of their game against Rotherham last season, they’ll be back at Silver Royd to take on London Scottish on Sunday December 13.

The Leeds-based side should include Sinfield in their squad for that encounter, giving rugby fans the chance to see the BBC Sports Personality of the Year contender in action.

Yorkshire Carnegie President Sir Ian McGeechan can’t wait to bring his club back to Scarborough.

He said: “We are very much looking forward to coming back to Scarborough.

“We had a fantastic welcome last year for our game against Rotherham and the whole squad were very impressed with the set up.

“This is the first of two back-to-back games against London Scottish in the Cup so it will be important that we produce a strong performance.”

Sinfield was involved in Carnegie’s last two British & Irish Cup games and could feature at Scarborough as he looks to build up his experience in the 15-man game.

He added: “The more game time I get the more understanding I’ll have and the better I’ll be.

“Every day I’m growing. I’m coming away from training not just the half a per cent better I was in a sport I knew so well but 10% better each day.”

Sinfield was named as one of the 12 contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year title following his achievements with the Rhinos in 2015 and he admits the reaction has been overwhelming since the announcement on Monday.

He added: “Everyone has been brilliant. I have had some many well-wishers getting in touch and telling me they are going to vote for me.

“It has been particularly nice to hear about the fans from clubs I have been playing against for years that are saying they are going to vote for me as a representative of rugby league.”

Yorkshire Carnegie v London Scottish kicks off at 2.30pm, advance tickets can be purchased for £10, £5 concessions and under-16s are free.

The club are putting on a pre-match lunch, contact 01723 357740 for details.