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Sinckler urges England Under 20s to maintain momentum in France

09 March 2012

  • Harlequins prop expects arduous challenge in France on Saturday evening
  • "I feel like I have played well but I can't afford to be complacent" – Sinckler
Kyle Sinckler is shackled by the Itlay Under 20s defence

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Kyle Sinckler has revealed that he is “quietly confident” of securing a fourth consecutive Six Nations win in France alongside his England Under 20s teammates on Saturday, but only if the side keep faith in the game plan that has served them well so far.

Rob Hunter’s men have been in imposing form in the early stages of the tournament, brushing aside Scotland, Wales and Italy with some free-flowing rugby. However, Sinckler warned that Les Bleus will present a very stern test of England’s Grand Slam credentials.

“We know what they are capable of,” explained the 19 year-old prop. “They have some good players with first-team club experience. That is the same as us though – we have guys throughout our team who have played in the Aviva Premiership and in the LV= Cup.

“It has been a really good campaign for us. We’re still disappointed about conceding a try for the first time last week [during the 42-7 win over Italy in Rovigo] but nevertheless, we have scored twenty times ourselves in the three games.

"That is certainly something to be happy about and we are quietly confident ahead of this weekend.

“It will be a big challenge, but if we stick to our processes, especially around the set-piece, and do what we can do, the result should take care of itself.”

Sinckler has been a key member of the England Under 20s set-up this year, and will start for the fourth consecutive time at tight head in Vannes tomorrow evening.

Despite being satisfied with his showings up to this point, the young Harlequins tighthead vowed not to rest on his laurels and to keep progressing with his club.

“I feel like I have played well and have had a good start,” he continued. “Obviously though, there are guys like Ross Harrison and Nick Auterac pushing for my spot so I can’t afford to be complacent. I want to keep working harder than anyone.

Kyle Sinckler on the charge against Scotland Under 20s

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“It’s great to be at a club like Harlequins. It’s been my first year in professional rugby, so I speak to John Kingston, who has been the forwards coach for donkey’s years, and pick his brain about scrummaging and things like that.

“Tim Fairbrother has played Super 15 rugby too and Joe Marler always wants to have a chat. Being around people like that day-in, day-out definitely helps your learning as a front-rower.”

Finally turning to the atmosphere within Hunter’s squad, Sinckler praised the atmosphere within a happy, winning camp.

“It’s a good bunch of lads and we all get on really well. There is a lot of banter flying around that the players – Marland Yarde and Ben Spencer especially – have picked up at their clubs. That comes with the job really.

“I live with [fellow England Under 20s squad members] George Merrick, Jack Clifford and Charlie Walker, who are all obviously club mates at Harelquins. At times it is a bit messy but we’re still young and still learning. Thank God we get along with each other – it would be pretty intense if we didn’t.”