Congratulations to Kevin Sinfield MBE on winning second place in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards after his incredible season with Leeds Rhinos.

Sinfield was nominated for the prestigious award after leading his Rhinos side to the treble in 2015 and became the first ever Rugby League player to earn a nomination.

Since he was named as a contender he has won the backing of sporting legends including Rugby Union World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson CBE and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes as well as the support of the Rugby League community with stars from across the game pledging their support for the legendary Rhinos player who joined Yorkshire Carnegie following his final game in the Super League Grand Final. 

Sinfield won 28% of the votes on the night, finishing ahead of heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill third with 8% of the votes and behind Andy Murray with 35% of the 1,009,498 votes cast.

Speaking about the honour of being named runner up in the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards Sinfield said: "It is absolutely awesome to have been named runner up in the Sports Personality of the Year awards.  It's been an unbelievable year and I am eternally grateful for everyone who has voted tonight. For rugby league this took them to a different level tonight and in terms of growing the sport and inspiring young people to pick up a rugby ball and go play rugby League hopefully tonight will have some impact on that.

"I would just like to thank everyone who has voted and i understand the tribal nature of team sports but thank you to players of other clubs and fans of other clubs and rugby league is certainly the winner tonight.  It is quite uncomfortable winning an individual award when you have spent your whole life chasing team trophies and I would like to dedicate this to the rest of the Rhinos and more importantly to the whole of rugby league.  What we have been able to do tonight and certainly what Lizzie Jones did has been inspiring.  What a special night and even better that I get to share it with some terrific team mates."