Kyle Nigel Sinckler
Kyle Sinckler 2014 (cropped).jpg
Sinckler playing for Harlequins in 2014
Birth nameKyle Sinckler
Date of birth (1993-03-30) 30 March 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthWandsworth, England
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight122 kg (19 st 3 lb; 269 lb)[2]
SchoolEpsom College, Graveney School
ChildrenBrody Sinckler
Rugby union career
Position(s) Tighthead Prop
Youth career
Battersea Ironsides
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Correct as of 30 November 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
England U18
England U19
England U20
British and Irish Lions


Correct as of 19 October 2019

Kyle Sinckler (born 30 March 1993) is an English rugby union player and is currently playing as a tighthead prop for Premiership Rugby side Harlequins. Sinckler has represented England at various age levels; U16, U18, U19 and U20 levels, and has played for the national team since 2016.[3]

Early life

Sinckler was born in Wandsworth, London, and began playing rugby from the age of eight. Sinckler states that it was his mother, Donna, who instigated his rugby career. According to Sinckler, he was a keen football player but his physical nature meant that it was not the game for him. After Donna became aware of Kyle's physicality on the football pitch, she took him to Battersea Ironsides RFC in Earlsfield, a long-established (1943) senior rugby club with a growing youth and junior section.[4]

Club career


Sinckler began his Harlequins career when Academy coach Collin Osborne saw him, aged 12, playing at one of his various positions, this time full back, against King's College School OB, Wimbledon, where his talent was immediately spotted.[5]

Sinckler graduated from the Harlequins Academy squad after playing his first game for the club in their 42–6 thrashing over Gloucester in round 2 of the 2011–12 Aviva Premiership although he only appeared for the last 5 minutes of the game.[6] Sinckler only went on to play one more game for the Harlequins in that same season, coming off the bench against Sale Sharks during their 37–25 victory in the 2011–12 LV Cup. During this season, Kyle was sent to Richmond on loan, where he helped them to promotion to National League 1.[7]

Sinckler then spent the whole of the following season playing at Harlequins where he made 7 appearances, all of which were from the bench. He played in various competitions, and made his Heineken Cup debut against Zebre, where Harlequins went on to win 53–5.[8] Sinckler highly contributed to their 2012–13 LV Cup winning campaign, playing in four out of the six games, including the semi-final against Bath.[9]

Sinckler was sent to Ealing Trailfinders at the beginning of the 2013-14 Season, which was a short stint as he was recalled back to the Harlequins.[10] Sinckler made his way into the match-day team, when Paul Doran-Jones sustained an injury early on in the season. He made his first appearance for the season during Harlequins 37-13 victory over Worcester Warriors.[11] However, Sinckler did have to wait until mid-February to gain his first start for the team, which occurred against Gloucester in Round 15, a game Harlequins lost 25–20.[12] A week later, Sinckler went on to play his first full game for the club, which Harlequins narrowly won, beating Worcester Warriors 21-20.[13] In the same season, Kyle would go on to prove himself very capable, making 3 European appearances and playing a total of 22 games for the club, over double the games he had played for Harlequins previously. Sinckler even went on to start in Harlequins semi-final playoff game against Saracens, where Saracens won 31–17.[14]

International career

Youth teams

Sinckler represented England at U16, U18, U19 and U20 levels. Sinckler was named in the England Under 20's Elite Player Squad for the 2011/12 season.[15] In his first season playing for the Under 20s team, he played ten times, across the Six Nations Under 20s Championship and 2012 IRB Junior World Championship.[16] He was reinstated into the Elite Player Squad for the 2012/13 season, playing in just three matches in the 2013 Six Nations Under 20s Championship, due to his commitments with Harlequins.[17]

National team

His form across the 2012/13 and 2013/14 seasons landed Sinckler a place in the English national side for the uncapped annual fixture against the Barbarians.[18] He was named in the starting XV for England XV, in which England lost 39–29.[19] After his performance against the Barbarians, Sinckler was picked over Will Collier to go on tour with the rest of the England Squad.[20]

Sinckler was called up to the senior England squad again by coach Eddie Jones on 8 May 2016 for a three-day training squad.[21] He made his debut for the England national team on 12 November 2016, coming on for Dan Cole for the last 10 minutes against South Africa.

During the 2019 Six Nations Championship, Sinckler was referred to by Wales manager Warren Gatland as an "emotional timebomb", because of some incidents that had occurred during the Lions' games in 2017.[22] In the match against Wales that followed, Sinckler gave away several penalties that proved critical to the match result, and was taken off in the 57th minute.[23]

Sinckler was later selected in England's squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He was named in the starting line-up in all but one match, and scored his maiden test try in the quarter final victory over Australia. In the third minute of the final against South Africa, Sinckler made accidental contact with teammate Maro Itoje's elbow while attempting to tackle Makazole Mapimpi and was knocked out. After being helped on the field by the medical staff, he was helped off and ruled out for the rest of the match.[24] England went on to lose the match 32−12.


On 19 April 2017 Sinckler was included in the list of players selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in June and July.[25]

International tries

As of 19 October 2019 [26]
Try Opposing team Location Venue Competition Date Result Score
1  Australia Ōita, Japan Ōita Bank Dome 2019 Rugby World Cup 19 October 2019 Won 40 – 16


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  5. ^ "Graveney School".
  6. ^ "Debut vs Gloucester".
  7. ^ Verdier, Nick (30 April 2014). "Kyle Sinckler is making case for England's tightheads". The Rugby Paper.
  8. ^ "Zebre vs Harlequins".
  9. ^ "LV= Cup final: Sale Sharks 14-32 Harlequins". 17 March 2013 – via
  11. ^ "Worcester vs Harlequins".
  12. ^ "Gloucester 25-20 Harlequins: Murphy try clinches victory". Mail Online. 22 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Narrow Win".
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  18. ^ "Mike Brown: Harlequins full-back one of 21 added by England". BBC Sport. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2016.
  19. ^ Staff, ESPN. "Barbarians take it up a gear". ESPN scrum.
  20. ^ Mairs, Gavin (2 June 2014). "Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler sees off Will Collier for final place in additional player group to join England squad" – via
  21. ^ "Danny Cipriani and eight uncapped players named in England training squad". BBC Sport. 8 May 2016. Retrieved 8 May 2016.
  22. ^ Gerard Meagher (21 February 2019). "Warren Gatland calls England's Kyle Sinckler an 'emotional timebomb'". Evening Standard.
  23. ^ "Wales vs England: What to do with Kyle Sinckler? Pick him, pick him and pick him again - he's a captain-in-waiting". The Independent. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  24. ^ Latham-Coyle, Harry (2 November 2019). "Kyle Sinckler injury: England prop knocked out two minutes into Rugby World Cup final vs South Africa". The Independent.
  25. ^ "Lions 2017 squad announcement: Warburton captain, no place for Hartley – live updates!". The Guardian. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 19 April 2017.
  26. ^ "Kyle Sinckler". 19 October 2019.

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