Plenty of people can relate to getting ‘it wrong’ on a night out. England and Harlequins prop, Kyle Sinckler, is no stranger to such expression, as was the case when the 24-year-old’s Lions tour ended on a sour note following his arrest on the final night of the tour.
Kyle got ‘it wrong’, and his past cobwebs of off-field troubles suddenly all came to fruition, despite an excellent summer of rugby against Super Rugby teams and the All Blacks.
The promise Sinckler showed in New Zealand had many England fans excited to see the Harlequins prop in the front row for Eddie Jones’ England team; however, the 24-year-old’s act of stupidity in eye-gouging Northampton Saints’, Michael Paterson, in the most recent Premiership fixture looks to put an early end to Sinckler’s autumn international chances.
Kyle Sinckler cited for alleged eye gouge against Northampton.
— ESPN Scrum (@espnscrum) October 1, 2017
The prop has received a seven-week ban for the incident, meaning he’s not available for selection for England’s first two tests against Argentian and Australia.
“It was a genuine mistake and an act of recklessness on my part,”
“I accept the outcome of the hearing and wanted to go on record to say I am sorry that I have let my team-mates down,”
“More importantly, I feel terrible that anyone would think I would deliberately gouge an opponent. That was never my intention.”
— Kyle Sinckler
The remorse Sinckler has shown is what has led to a slightly leaner punishment when such a severe case can normally equate to a 12-week ban. Head coach, Jones, hadn’t selected the prop for the initial EPS training squad, and although the Australian wants aggression from his players, this is hardly the sort of response that will gain the Harlequins man any admirers in the camp.
If Sinckler is to become a top international prop, he’s going to need to stamp out such trouble, or he’s in danger of becoming a Manu Tuilagi 2.0.