Fairytale may not be enough

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield fears his fairytale return to Test-match rugby league may not be enough to help him cement a place on the international scene.

Leeds captain Kevin Sinfield fears his fairytale return to Test-match rugby league may not be enough to help him cement a place on the international scene.

The 26-year-old loose forward was man-of-the-match in Great Britain's 42-14 win over France at Headingley on Friday night, despite playing out of position at stand-off.

Ignored for last year's Tri-Nations Series and used only fleetingly by previous coaches David Waite and Brian Noble, Sinfield made the most of the opportunity given to him by new national boss Tony Smith, his club coach at Leeds, by masterminding an impressive second-half show as the young Lions cantered to an eight-try victory.

Sinfield also kicked five goals from seven attempts after taking the place of club-mate Danny McGuire when the stand-off went off with a head injury midway through the first half.

But, with many of last year's regulars rested and likely to return for the end-of-season Test series against New Zealand, Sinfield knows he will have a fight on his hands to keep his place in the national side.

"I think it all starts again now," he said. "I think I took my opportunity but there are things I know I can improve on.

"Tony's told everyone the team is going to be picked on form so, if my form is good for Leeds for the rest of the year, I'll be in with a shout."

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