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Posted Monday, January 27th 2020

Kyle Sinckler - everything you need to know

British & Irish Lions star and England international prop, Kyle Sinckler will join Bristol Bears ahead of the 2020/21 campaign - here's everything you need to know about the latest star heading for Ashton Gate next season.


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Name: Kyle Sinckler
DOB: March 30th, 1993 (age 26)
Born: Wandsworth, London
Height: 183cm
Weight: 120kg
Position: Tighthead prop 


The basics

When will Kyle Sinckler arrive at Bristol Bears?

The international loosehead will join up with his new teammates ahead of the 2020/21 season.

How long is his contract?

Sinckler has signed a two-year deal at Ashton Gate until 2022/23.

Who is he currently playing for?

Sinckler currently plays for Harlequins in the Gallagher Premiership.


Sinckler so far...

Kyle Sinckler was born in Wandsworth, London, and began his rugby journey at Battersea Ironsides RFC in Earslfield, aged just eight years old.

He joined the Harlequins Academy four years later, aged 12, progressing through the club’s system and representing his country at U18, U19 and U20 level.

Sinckler made his first senior appearance for Quins in the 2011/12 Aviva Premiership campaign, debuting in his side’s 42-6 thrashing of Gloucester at The Stoop. He made just one further first team appearance that season, before heading off on loan to Richmond in National League Two South, helping them win promotion.

After a full season at Quins in 2012/13 in the LV Cup winning campaign, the rising star was sent on a short-term loan to Ealing Trailfinders in 2013/14, before returning to The Stoop, where he would go on to make 22 appearances in a breakthrough season for the tighthead prop.

With his career continuing on an upward trajectory, Sinckler was selected for the England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham in June 2014 and then for the tour of New Zealand later that summer, featuring in a non-cap game against the Crusaders.

Less than two years late, he had progressed onwards into Eddie Jones’ senior squad for the tour of Australia in June 2016, eventually winning his first England cap against South Africa in November 2016.

Sinckler’s Six Nations debut followed off the bench in February 2017, in a victory over Wales, and from here, his sensational form saw him as named in Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions squad for the drawn series with New Zealand. He was on the bench for all three Tests and won the penalty that saw Owen Farrell kick the Lions to victory in the second Test in Wellington.

Incredibly, Sinckler was still yet to start a Test for his country, but after making nine appearances from the bench, he was named in the XV to play Ireland in the 2018 NatWest Six Nations Championship.

Now established a permanent fixture in the England side, the 26-year-old played a starring role in the World Cup campaign, as England fell agonisingly short of a second title in Japan.

Sinckler powered through the Australian ranks for a remarkable try during the quarter final clash, before impressing in his country’s memorable semi-final victory over New Zealand.

In a cruel twist of fate, the formidable front rower saw his final cut short by a head injury just three minutes into the defeat to South Africa, but it was a tournament that had already seen Sinckler make his mark as one of the world’s leading tightheads.

His arrival at Ashton Gate sees Bristol Bears secure the signature of one the game’s biggest stars, following Fijian sensation, Semi Radradra to Ashton Gate.


The showreel


What he said

“The opportunity to come to Bristol and play under Pat Lam was one that I couldn’t turn down.

“The Bears are an ambitious club on the up and it was great to visit the city and the facilities that they have. There’s a clear plan in place for long-term success and I’m looking forward to contributing.

“I’m grateful to Harlequins for everything they have done for me and my career. I’d like to thank the coaches, fans and my teammates for all their support over the years.”

Kyle Sinckler