KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON KYLE!
(Photo Credit Sky News)
Despite a disappointing result for England fans in Saturday’s crucial Six Nations clash with Wales, Ironsides’ favourite son continues to make the No.3 shirt his own.
Although his combative performance once again attracted some media contraversy, he received a glowing endorsement from Will Carling on Twitter, who remarked: "Kyle Sinckler a cheap target by some pundits. Man was amazing in defence 1st half. He was a huge target for the Welsh, no issue with that, but he is fast maturing and learning to keep his edge (which I love) and maintaining control. The man is going to be awesome."
Sam Peters in the Independent agreed: “Sinckler was an utter colossus in the gladiatorial surrounds of Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on Saturday afternoon. At times, his sheer physical contribution beggared belief. Even in a sport which demands a level of commitment from its participants few of us can remotely comprehend, Sinckler’s 5ft 10in frame stood head and shoulders above the rest, in metaphorical terms at least... What to do with Kyle Sinckler? Pick him, pick him and pick him again. Saturday was the 20th England cap of his career. He’ll finish it with more than 100. One day, I’ll wager, he’ll be England captain.”
David Flatman - writing in Monday's Evening Standard was similarly positive: "Kyle Sinckler… was a revelation, a force of nature. It just so happens that his version of personal drive and competitiveness doesn’t fit into the say-nothing-and-quietly-annihilate box, but more into the one marked ‘You want some? Let’s have some’. He is overtly aggressive by nature and, while his control of this particular streak of his personality must be worked on and monitored, it must never be extinguished. There are plenty of gifted players who never make it because they aren’t up for the fight, just as there are plenty of hardnuts with no talent. Sinckler has the lot and long may he reign."
Front-row legend Jason Leonard has backed Kyle to continue to follow in his footsteps for England, remarking to Sky Sports: “Everything around the pitch; his defence, and his work-rate - he's got everything. He just needs to make sure that his set-piece is as consistent as his handling, his running with the ball and his tackling.”
And Ugo Monye writing in the Guardian was effusive with praise for his former Quins teammate "I’m thrilled with how he’s developed physically, mentally and tactically as a player. He has nailed down that tighthead position, even though he would never feel like that; he’s forever wanting to stay hungry and improve. He comes across as vocal on the pitch, but that’s just him wherever he is. His energy is so infectious." You can read the full article here.
Summing up the week, and also in the Guardian, Gerard Meagher wrote "England have no intention of curbing Kyle Sinckler’s competitive instincts after Wales sought to wind up the tighthead prop last Saturday, with the defence coach John Mitchell urging him to take such special treatment as a compliment." - full article here.
An England Rugby article quoted Kyle in confident mood before the Wales game saying: “The most pleasing thing is we know we’re playing nowhere near our best rugby, there are still loads of areas to work on" and credited Ironsides with the development of his "backs skills" - shown in this video montage.
The Sun meanwhile carried a profile of Kyle, looking back at his Ironsides Rugby career, commenting: "The tyro tighthead is an absolute hero at Ironsides where they have one of his first England shirts proudly framed in the bar. In the Cardiff cauldron cannonball Sinckler will be the rock of the England scrum against Wales. And 150 miles away his old SW18 (sic) clubhouse will be rocking as they cheer the 25-year-old on."
Despite the defeat, England, who face Italy and Scotland at Twickenham for their final two games, still have a chance to capture the Six Nations title from 2018 champions Ireland. Everyone at Ironsides will be backing Kyle to continue to progress in his international career and wishing him the very best of luck! And of course you can catch all the Six Nations matches on the Big Screens down at the clubhouse - including England v Italy on 9 March at 16:45.
For further coverage of Kyle from this Six Nations check out these articles in the Guardian and on BBCSport.
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