sinckler

How did you get into rugby?

Mum took me to my local club, Battersea Ironsides, when I was eight. I had been playing football but I kept being too rough.

Have you played different positions?

I was a centre or wing to start with and only moved to the front row when I started at Quins.

How did you end up at Harlequins?

I was playing against a team which had the son of (Quins coach) Collin Osborne in it. Collin kept shouting things like, ‘Work hard, Kyle!’ I had no idea who he was but
a few weeks later I got a phone call from him asking me to come to Quins for a session.

Are you happy with your progress?

This is my second year of pro rugby. Training with guys like Chris Robshaw and George Robson every day, and picking their brains, means the step up to Premiership rugby hasn’t been as big as you think. It’s just another game when you get on the field.

Which England teams have you played for?

U16s, U18s for two years and then U20s. I’m with them again this year.

What are your aims?

I want to have a good season with England U20 and keep pushing with Quins. There are not many 19-year-old tightheads playing in the Premiership, so I know I have to bide my time and keep working on the things I can control.

RW Verdict: Involved with Quins since U13 level, prop Sinckler has put in all the groundwork to make it to the top.

This was published in the March 2013 issue of Rugby World. Click here to see what’s in the current edition.

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