Sinckler: It’s how I play my best rugby
WIND-UP merchant Kyle Sinckler insists his confrontational nature is here to stay. Sinckler’s mischievous persona came to the fore again during England’s match with Australia when he was heard to say to the Wallabies, “you’re all f ***** snitches”.
The quip referred to senior Australia players going to coach Michael Cheika to inform him that Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper had broken team rules after their Test defeat against Wales, inviting three women back to their hotel in Newport. The pair were then dropped.
Rather than take a backward step from the melee that followed his verbal volley, a fired-up Sinckler continued to turn in a manof-the-match performance.
While his approach riles some, the tight-head insists he would not have it any other way.
“I try and stay level headed, but there’s always going to be a perception I’m a bit angry and that’s fine,” said Sinckler, right.
“I used to always get frustrated with people saying things or Tweeting me or calling me names, but that’s their opinion, they’re entitled to it, I know who I am.
“The amount of times I’ve met someone...for example Richard Wigglesworth...I remember the first time we went on a tour to New Zealand and just before that we’d played a semi-final against Sarries.
“I remember I was going nuts and being a bit of a dick on the field, but on tour, Wiggy was like, ‘mate, you’re actually a good bloke you know, I thought you were a pr*ck’.
“I only know how to play the game one way and that’s it, it’s nothing personal, it’s what I have to do to play my best rugby – just be a bit confrontational. “I always try and learn from my mistakes and I’d be lying if I said ‘I’m not going to make any more’ – as long as I go out and give it my all, that’s all I care about.” There is one person, however, that Sinckler does not want to get on the wrong side of – his mother.
“When she’s not happy, she’s not happy,” he says in the current issue of The
Rugby Journal. “When I got banned last year, she was not happy at all. That was not good – you do not want to get in trouble with Donna Sinckler, let me tell you. She was pretty pissed off, but that’s happening less and less now. I had a little incident last year which I still think was a bit blown out of proportion and, bar that, I haven’t really had – touch wood – any big incidents.”