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Kyle Sinckler reacts to 'abuse' from Twitter trolls after latest fiasco

After receiving a yellow card in Harlequins European Champions Cup match with Ulster in Ravenhill last night, Kyle Sinckler has reacted to a tirade of social media criticism.

Sinckler was yellow carded for bodychecking Jacob Stockdale in the 60th minute of their Pool 1 encounter, a move many have labelled as needless and which has seen the young tighthead cop a lot of heat on Twitter.

He also seemed to have a back and forth with a number of the Ravenhill faithful while getting sent off and after the match.

Sinckler responded in a rather level-headed fashion, and thanked his trolls, branding their ‘abuse’ refreshing.

“I do love twitter and all the abuse I get on here it’s refreshing,” he wrote, and received plenty of support, even garnering the praise of a former All Black prop.

In October Harlequins defended the tighthead after he was banned for sevens weeks. The Harlequins prop was cited for allegedly making contact with the eye and/or eye area of Northampton Saints’ Michael Paterson, during the second half of the match between Northampton and Harlequins on the 30th of September.

Harlequins Director of Rugby John Kingston commented: “Despite Kyle’s unfair public reputation he actually has a very good on-field disciplinary record.

At the time, Sinckler himself stated: “I accept the outcome of the hearing and wanted to go on record to say I am sorry that I have let my team mates down, but more importantly I feel terrible that anyone would think I would deliberately gouge an opponent. That was never my intention – it was a genuine mistake and an act of recklessness on my part.

“I will spend the next seven weeks working hard on my fitness and rugby to ensure that when I am able to get back on the field I am fit and ready to do so and make the best possible contribution to Quins.”

Presumably still a work on for the heavyweight frontrow.

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Kyle Sinckler reacts to 'abuse' from Twitter trolls after latest fiasco