Sinck­ler: It’s how I play my best rugby

The Rugby Paper - - News - By JON NEW­COMBE

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.”

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