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Kevin Sinfield: Leeds Rhinos legend returns as director of rugby

 

Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield says he has taken on his "dream job" after returning to the Super League club as director of rugby.

The ex-England captain, 37, will take charge of his first game on Sunday when struggling Leeds face Castleford.

Leeds won seven Super League titles, two Challenge Cups and three World Club Challenges with Sinfield as skipper.

He spent 18 years with Leeds before crossing codes to play for rugby union side Yorkshire Carnegie in 2016.

Leeds sacked head coach Brian McDermott on Monday after seven successive Super League defeats and Huddersfield's win against Hull FC on Thursday sent the defending champions into the bottom four in the table.

After his retirement, Sinfield joined the Rugby Football League in their England performance unit and he will continue to work for the RFL one day per week until his contract expires at the end of the year.

James Lowes has been appointed first-team coach as part of a new managerial structure at Headingley.

Chief executive Gary Hetherington confirmed Sinfield and Lowes would be at the helm until the end of the season, when the situation will be reviewed.

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