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Kyle grabs headlines with Man of the Match performance as England outclass Wallabies

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Ironsides’ very own Kyle Sinckler was all over the papers this weekend after his best performance to date in an England shirt capping an excellent run of form throughout the Autumn internationals.
Awarded Man of the Match, the rugby press were queueing up to heap deserved praise on our most famous alumni for his confident and combative role in the 37-18 win over the Aussies.
Most inspiring of all, Stephen Jones in The Sunday Times suggested Kyle’s blistering performance can be traced back to Ironsides’ coaching philosophy: “Today, Battersea is the capital of the rugby world. The man of the match was Kyle Sinckler, a south Londoner who started out at Battersea Ironsides. Frankly, all props should come from Battersea Ironsides. England are still supposed to be a powerhouse forward nation and here we saw Sinckler burnishing the lineage. He was like a runaway tank with the ball in hand, he scrummaged powerfully, looked the part, and added colour and verve. Now that is what you call a prop, and to see him at work was sensational.”
Sky Sports Rugby concluded: “Sinckler put in a mammoth effort upfront as the England forwards demolished their Wallaby counterparts. He had Scott Sio in all sorts of trouble and carried very well too. Sinckler also showed some silky skills with soft hands and good running lines. His best performance in an England shirt so far.”
Daniel Schofield of The Telegraph agreed, rating Kyle as exceptional (and probably England’s player of the autumn), and commenting: “His man of the match award was fully deserved for a performance where he married his trademark explosiveness as a ball-carrier to scrummaging dominance.”

Paul Harding, in The Times agreed: “The real stand-out for Eddie Jones during these four weeks has been Kyle Sinckler. The Harlequins tighthead grew in confidence for the first three weeks; today was his crowning glory. His pace and handling in the loose was of a very high class this afternoon. It was not just his power and ability to protect the ball in contact, it was the timing…”

Andy Bull in The Guardian lavished praise on Kyle’s “ruthless physicality, which proved just too much for Australia to handle”, while Planet Rugby rated him 9/10 and commented: “Fast becoming one of England’s best players, the Big Sink has every gift a tighthead could wish for and countless times he was England’s key receiver on the gain line. Immense in every aspect. Close to perfection.”
Veteran prop forward David Flatman writing in The Evening Standard was also among the plaudits, writing: “Dan Cole has long been a mainstay for England, but this was declared the time for someone new to stand up — and Kyle Sinckler was the man. Admittedly, Australia’s scrum offered roughly the same resistance as a decent school side, but the Harlequins man, nevertheless, achieved new levels. Sinckler scrummaged like a tank and carried ball like a decent inside centre. He was rampaging and wonderful — a pleasure to watch.”

Stuart Barnes, who chose Kyle as MOTM on Saturday, followed up with a feature full of effusive praise in The Sunday Times: “Here is a front-row forward with a feel for distribution not that different to Farrell’s. England have long looked for the prop capable of carrying in the manner of the combustible tight-head. On his 17th international Sinckler, 25, made a significant step towards being a player not for the future but very much the present. Already an impact replacement at Test level for the British & Irish Lions, his development has been one of England’s highlights in their autumn campaign. Sinckler has superb hands and a capacity to carry his beefy body around the park at pace. In so many ways yesterday he looked the complete player.

Suggesting Kyle is the heir to Quins and England legend Jason Leonard, Barnes wrote: “He has the dynamism to drive England forward in attack, the determination not to give an inch in the tackle and the hands to offer an angle that has been missing from England’s game for a long time now. The young Harlequin is nothing like his legendary predecessor but in the years to come it could be that his impact on the red rose will be even greater. This might just have been a very significant day for both Sinckler and England.”

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