Kyle Sinckler and 5 England stars who played through the pain

Mike Brown has revealed that Harlequins teammate Kyle Sinckler was being sick ‘before, during and after’ the win against France and still played 72 minutes of the thrilling encounter.

“I caught up with my old mate Kyle Sinckler on Saturday night and congratulated him on a really good victory,” Brown explained.

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“What made it even more impressive is that he played the game with a stomach bug and was throwing up in the changing room before, during and after the match.

“That performance was much better than the past few weeks. I was starting to think I would be on Eddie Jones’ blacklist for writing a few critical columns recently, so it was great to finally have something positive to talk about.”

DID YOU KNOW? Kyle Sinckler has represented England at under-16, under-18, under-19 and under-20 levels, and has been a crucial member of the senior team since 2016

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OTHER ENGLAND STARS WHO PLAYED THROUGH THE PAIN:

1. JOE MARLER (BROKEN LEG)

The England international loose-head prop picked up the leg fracture during the first half of Quins’ 24-17 defeat at Worcester a few years back but played on and completed the 80 minutes. A proper hard man.

“In the first half against Worcester away,” said Marler. “The trouble was I did it in the first half and just thought it was a calf knock and pulled my calf as well so there was a bit of confusion there. I thought I could keep running on it because running is not really my forte anyway so I could get away with hobbling a bit.

“I got to the end of the game and said ‘strap it up it’s just a tight calf or whatever’, and then because of the frozen pitches and the weather, we didn’t really get a chance to run it again until the following week’s warm-up which I said to them ‘I’ll be alright, I’ll just run it off’ but I couldn’t run it off because my leg was broken.”

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