Kyle Sinckler Makes Frightening Rugby World Cup Final Admission
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England prop Kyle Sinckler has revealed has no recollection of the Rugby World Cup final despite watching much of England’s defeat by South Africa from the sidelines after being knocked unconscious in the opening minutes of the game.
The 26-year-old also admitted it took him almost four weeks to come to terms with the fact that he missed the biggest match of his career to date as a result of an unfortunate accidental collision with teammate Maro Itoje.
Sinckler also revealed has not watched a replay of the 2 November showdown with the Sprinbgboks since.
“It took three or four weeks to get over the final. It was dark,” Sinckler said in his first interview since the World Cup.
“You go through phases where you’re distraught, feeling sorry for yourself and down in the dumps.
“I was struggling because I tore my calf just before the semi-final, it was a pretty bad one as well so I couldn’t really walk.
“That was getting better and then in the final I got a pretty big concussion, so I didn’t really know what was going on.
“I can’t remember anything really from the final. They said I came back out, but I can’t remember that.
“It was an innocuous incident which was just meant to be, but it was really, really tough.
“You ask yourself, ‘why me? I’ve trained so hard to get to this moment. I’ve dreamed it, this is my life’.
“But then I snapped out of it, realising that you can either be the guy who is always feeling sorry for yourself or use it as motivation to push on.
“So I just flipped it on its head – it wasn’t meant to be so crack on, just keep doing what I’m doing and keep working hard and hopefully I’ll get selected for England again. Because I never take that for granted – ever, ever.”