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Statement: Kyle Sinckler reveals he wants England comeback

England is poised to lose some of its top players to France at the end of the season, but Kyle Sinckler is not yet ready to close the door on his Test career.

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The tighthead prop has signed a three-year contract with Toulon, joining his England teammate Lewis Ludlam for the next season.

“This last half of the season has probably been, for me, the most enjoyable since maybe 2019,” he said.

“I just want to get that love back for the game and get back to my best, which is just playing what I see, instinctive rugby. I know when I’m on my game and I’m playing my game, there aren’t many that come close.

“The decision for me to go to France was I want to test myself against the best and the biggest in the scrum, and you’re going to get that week-in, week-out in the Top 14.

“It’s just been a lot of trial and error with me as well. I’ve been very grateful for the coaches that I’ve had at Quins and the coaches I’ve had at Bristol. I hold my hand up, I haven’t been the easiest of players, but I think in terms of my maturity, it’s about accepting it and taking full responsibility.

“I’ve probably been my own worst enemy and now I’m coming into the peak of my career, like they say with props, you age like a fine wine, so I’ll be learning my trade, testing myself against the best week-in, week-out for the next three years, then I’ll come back in 2027 and I’ll be ready to go.”

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Zach Mercer

 Mercer, has declared that he’s taking a break from England duty for the time being, expressing his disappointment at being excluded from the upcoming Six Nations Championship squad.

Mercer said: “I’ve been open with Steve, I’ve told him my opinions on it. I thought I haven’t really been given a crack which is what I feel like, to not even be given a game to try and prove myself is tough.

“I just don’t feel like he values what I can offer as a player and that’s me being honest, I don’t think he values what I can bring.

“Obviously I don’t fit into the system that he wants to run and, whether I agree with that or not, it is what it is.

“My focus now is on Gloucester and England can take a step aside for the moment.”

Zach Mercer of Gloucester Rugby on the break during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Gloucester Rugby and Harlequins at Kingsholm Stadium on October 14th, 2023 in Gloucester, England. (Photo by Phil Mingo/PPAUK/Gallagher)

Borthwick response:

“Zach and I had a conversation last week. We’ve had a number of conversations over the last couple of weeks with Zach since he’s come back from injury.

“We’ve highlighted areas where players have done well and the areas where they bring a point of difference. It’s a competitive arena.

“And [we highlight] areas where we want them to develop them and add to their game. That’s the same conversation I had with Zach.

“When I’m talking to a player, I’m basing it in objectivity. I’m basing it on targets for them to go after, and then we can shape a shared understanding of what we’re seeing.

“Granted, sometimes as a coach you want something specific in a team, I’m always looking at all the coaches and all the players that are able to provide that.”