Sinckler playing for Harlequins in 2014
|Birth name||Kyle Sinckler|
|Date of birth||30 March 1993|
|Place of birth||Wandsworth, England|
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||122 kg (19 st 3 lb; 269 lb)|
|School||Epsom College, Graveney School|
|Rugby union career|
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. A week later, Sinckler went on to play his first full game for the club, which Harlequins narrowly won, beating Worcester Warriors 21-20. 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.
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. 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. 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.
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. He was named in the starting XV for England XV, in which England lost 39–29. After his performance against the Barbarians, Sinckler was picked over Will Collier to go on tour with the rest of the England Squad.
Sinckler was called up to the senior England squad again by coach Eddie Jones on 8 May 2016 for a three-day training squad. 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. 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.
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. England went on to lose the match 32−12.
|1||Australia||Ōita, Japan||Ōita Bank Dome||2019 Rugby World Cup||19 October 2019||Won||40 – 16|
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