Kyle Sinckler called up for British and Irish Lions Tour to NZ
Former Epsom pupil and 1st XV player Kyle Sinckler has been called up to the British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand this June.
Since Kyle left the College in 2010, we have been proud to watch his playing career go from strength to strength, starting with his debut for Harlequins in 2011. He made his international debut for England in 2016 against South Africa and was subsequently selected as part of Eddie Jones' squad for the 2017 Six Nations. Kyle has made eight appearances off the bench since making his debut.
But Kyle's undoubted career highlight to date came this week with his call up to the Lions. He was named as one of six props chosen by Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, for the 10-match tour of New Zealand in June this year.
Kyle joined Epsom in Sixth Form, becoming a boarder in Granville while he was a member of the Harlequins rugby academy.
He enjoyed two seasons in the College's 1st XV, although his Upper Sixth season was hampered by a knee injury which he suffered in training. He made a good recovery and then made a significant impact on the 7s circuit in the Lent term - particularly at the National 7s where his size, handling skills and mobility drew the attention of the crowd.
Kyle's outgoing personality made him a good ambassador for the College and he was actively involved in meeting local prep schools, coaching and talking to young players. We wish him luck in his tour to New Zealand in June with the British and Irish Lions.