England vs New Zealand: Kyle Sinckler wore a Man Utd kit to his first training session (Pic: GETTY)
Sinckler will be part of the England front row that takes on the formidable challenge of the All Blacks at Twickenham today.
But it could have turned out so different for Sinckler, who admits his first love was football.
That was until a family friend suggested he join Battersea Ironsides. That is what Sinckler did and he has never looked back since.
He said: “I grew up in south London where football is religion. I used to play it but it got to that stage where I didn’t enjoy it because I was getting told off for being too physical.
England vs New Zealand: Kyle Sinckler’s first love was football (Pic: GETTY)
“By chance my mum was speaking to one of her good friends and she suggested that I went down to the local rugby club on Sunday.
“I thought ‘why not?’ I rocked up in a full Manchester United kit and gave it a good crack. From that moment on I fell in love with the sport.”
Sinckler has gone on to establish himself as one of the most destructive props in European rugby.
He was part of the British & Irish Lions side that drew the series with the All Blacks in New Zealand last summer and will win his 15th cap for Eddie Jones’s side this afternoon.
England vs New Zealand: Kyle Sinckler grew up in south London (Pic: GETTY)
“I grew up in south London where football is religion”
Sinckler’s rise to the top has left him pinching himself and he intends to relish every moment the game provides him.
He added: “When you sit and look at it, you’ve got to lunch yourself sometimes.
“I’ve still got a long, long way to go and I’m nowhere near any of the goals I wanted to achieve with Harlequins and England.
“It’s just the start for me. I just need to keep my head down, work hard and see where it takes me.
“I love the game and I want to enjoy every moment. Blink and it’s over. You have to relish every training session, game and experience with the boys. Before you know it, it’s gone.”