Here is a list of the six things you didn’t know about England prop Kyle Sinckler. He’s quite the character on and off the field!
Kyle Sinckler facts
1. Starting out
The tighthead prop states that it was his mother, Donna, who instigated his rugby career. According to Sinckler, he was a keen footballer though his physical nature resulted in him dropping the sport. After his mother, who works in the police, became aware of Kyle’s physicality on the football pitch, she took him to local rugby union side Battersea Ironsides in Earlsfield, a long-established club, with a growing youth and junior section.
2. Setting up his own club
At 13, Sinckler and some of his friends approached a PE teacher, Anastacia Long, to ask if she would help them set up a club. For the first few years, Graveney school had only one set of rugby kits, which were circulated between players across the school aged from 11 to 18. Lacking its own pitch, all matches were away games and training took place in local parks or at Old Rutlishians rugby club, which allowed them to play for free. Find out more here.
3. He’s never met his Dad
“I have never met my dad and he has never tried to contact me. I always asked myself a lot of questions: was I not good enough for him? I could walk past my dad in the street tomorrow and I wouldn’t know what he looks like. But you know what, I’m cool with that now. My mum would work 12-hour shifts for the police and take me to rugby after no sleep. I’m so lucky to have that kind of parent. I don’t have any grudges any more. Dealing with that helped me a huge amount.”
After their final pool game at the 2019 Rugby World Cup was cancelled, the England prop took to Twitter to share his disappointment and also to launch a competition to give some of his rugby stash away to disappointed fans in Japan.
Gutted the game’s off, especially for the fans. Anyway, tag an @EnglandRugby fan who’s travelled to Japan and I’ll pick one to sort out with some of my #RWC2019 stash #Hagibis pic.twitter.com/BoiqEYZO3l— Kyle Sinckler (@KyleSinckler) October 10, 2019
He’s a keen football fan, supporting Manchester United from a young age.