Modelling himself on Carl Hayman, the former All Blacks prop, helped to uplift Kyle Sinckler to international age group status and onward into the England squad for the tour of Australia last June. He had already played for the England XV against Barbarians at Twickenham three years ago and against the Crusaders on the subsequent senior tour of New Zealand.
Kyle said: “In my opinion, Carl was the best tight head prop that the game has seen and I also admire Dan Cole.” Kyle’s own capabilities have been put in focus. He said: “I started at centre and then got pushed into the front row.” He appeared in all ten England U20 matches in 2012 and three in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations at that level. He had figured in 12 of 17 games in the U18 age group between December 2009 and August 2011. Kyle had also won U16 international honours and by early December had played 87 times for Harlequins in five seasons, including 28 in 2015/16 when he also scored four tries. He signed a contract extension last October.
His skills had taken him into Harlequins Academy after ten years with Battersea Ironsides and represented Surrey U16 and London & South-East U16 and U18. Wandsworth-born Kyle, who also spent time on loan at Richmond, added: “Colin Osborne, from Harlequins, scouted me while I was playing for Battersea and he is always there for advice whether it is about rugby or general life. Tony Diprose and Ian Peel have also helped to improve my game. Joe Marler is a prop I also admire.”
After attending Furzedown Primary and Graveney Secondary School, both in Tooting, Kyle moved on to Epsom College. He concentrated there on business studies, philosophy and PE, having enjoyed a busy time in the summer of 2010 with England U18 in South Africa and a tour to Hong Kong, the Cook Islands and New Zealand with Epsom College. His other sporting involvement has been in athletics, football and cricket but his target was to play for England and the British & Irish Lions.
Kyle achieved his first objective when playing off the bench for Dan Cole to win his first cap against South Africa at Twickenham last November. A week later, he produced a thundering run that took him tantalisingly close to the Fiji line. His Six Nations Championship debut followed off the bench in the memorable victory over Wales at Cardiff this February and he made a dazzling break against Italy in the next match.
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Last updated: 13 March 2017