Sinfield: hurtful England divide is now history
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Thursday 17 November 2011
Kevin Sinfield has said that it is the togetherness that has sometimes been missing in the past that has boosted England's Four Nations prospects.
The Leeds captain has been one of the stand-outs in a tournament that culminates in a final against Australia at Elland Road on Saturday. But he says that the secret weapon has been a unity within the squad that he admits has not always been there. In particular, tensions between Leeds and St Helens factions at the 2008 World Cup, have often been blamed for England's failure.
"That togetherness has not always been there, but this group now is very good," said Sinfield. "We all get on and this is the most together international group I've been involved in.
"That's made the last five weeks very enjoyable and means that we didn't want it to end last week. We don't really want it to end this week either, although we know it has to."
Sinfield added that the England coach, Steve McNamara, has succeeded in recreating a club atmosphere at Test level, especially at the squad's training base at Loughborough.
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