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Sinfield named England captain

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Kevin Sinfield has been chosen to succeed Leeds Rhinos team-mate Jamie Peacock as England's rugby league captain.

"I am immensely honoured to captain England Rugby League," Sinfield said after the squad was informed ahead of their 10-day altitude training camp in South Africa.

"Representing your country is always special, but to captain England will be the proudest moment of my career to date."

The promotion to England captain caps another stellar season for Sinfield, who led Leeds to their sixth Super League Grand Final victory against Warrington on Saturday, picking up the man of the match award despite being knocked out in the second half.

"There could have been a number of candidates for the job, when you look at the number of leaders we have in the squad, but [England coach] Steve McNamara has asked me take up the role and I will do it to the best of my ability," Sinfield added.

Sinfield will lead England for the first time against Wales in Wrexham on October 27 before they face France at Hull KR's Craven Park ground a week later, with the series final in Salford on November 11.

"When you look at the talent we have in the squad, we are in great shape," Sinfield said. "We have a big 12 months ahead with the Rugby League World Cup at the end of it and we have to give ourselves every chance of creating history."

McNamara said: "Kevin is an outstanding leader and was my number one choice when selecting a successor to Jamie Peacock.

"The standards he sets both on and off the field are exemplary. He commands the ultimate respect from his fellow professionals and will take this group of players forward in what promises to be a demanding yet rewarding year for England Rugby League."

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