Kyle Sinckler insists his Lions experience has prepared him for England’s four-day turnaround that launches their World Cup in Japan.
But the 26-year-old is ready to put his body on the line knowing he faced similar demands with the Lions in New Zealand in 2017.
“I’m a rugby player. I want to play rugby. I’m not very good at just sitting around. I want to keep busy,” Sinckler said. “The Lions has helped me because we had pretty short turnarounds on that tour – sometimes Wednesday to Saturday.
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“Sometimes guys had to double up and in some cases triple up. It won’t be an issue. I’ll just have to focus on my recovery and keep my head down.”
Sinckler will be playing in his first World Cup and having been a keen student of the tournament, he knows the emotions involved. “I’ve watched all of them. In 2003 we won it and 2007 we lost in the final – brutal.
“I remember we got pumped by South Africa in the first game and I thought: ‘This isn’t going to be good’ but we got to the final. I watched them at home with my mum. Anything to do with England and sport – rugby, cricket, football – I love it.
“In 2011 it was a bit disappointing losing to France, but 2015 I watched it as well. They do have a massive impact and we realise we have a massive responsibility to deliver and to be successful.”
– Press Association
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