‘Kev was running for all of us’: Buderus, McClennan pay tribute to Sinfield

Former Leeds Rhinos Grand Final winning coach Brian McClennan and star hooker Danny Buderus have paid tribute to Kevin Sinfield’s leadership after the club’s most successful captain completed seven marathons in seven days to raise more than £2 million for Rob Burrow and MND Association, writes Brad Walter on NRL.com.

With Burrow, the former Great Britain and Leeds halfback, diagnosed with MND last December, Sinfield set out to raise awareness of the disease and £77,777 but ended up capturing the hearts of England and fans around the world as he far exceeded his target.

McClennan was in charge of the Leeds teams that won the 2008 and 2009 Super League grand finals, while Buderus played in the 2011 Grand Final win.

“Kevin is the captain of the greatest Leeds side in history and he is still the captain now,” said McClennan.

“For Kevin to do seven marathons in seven days, I don’t know how the hell he has done that but he has always led by example and it is a testament to Kevin’s leadership.”

Buderus, who has captained Newcastle and NSW to success, said he was in awe of what Sinfield had achieved and the way Burrow had coped with the debilitating disease.

“It’s not just the fact that Kev has done seven marathons in seven days but to do under four hours for every marathon just shows how strong his mind is and every step he would have been thinking about Rob,” Buderus said.

Buderus messaged Sinfield after he had completed his fifth consecutive marathon and the veteran of 521 Super League matches and 40 Tests replied almost immediately to thank him for his support before signing off with a large Rhinos emoji.

“Leeds is a special club full of special people,” Buderus said. “To see what they have done on the back of an awful year in the UK with COVID, I think a lot of people would have been looking for some inspiration and they found it in Kev and Rob.”

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