MIKE BROWN: Kyle Sinckler should get the chance to lead England this summer

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MIKE BROWN: Kyle Sinckler must be given a chance to prove his worth…he is the most professional striker I’ve worked with and would be a great England captain this summer

  • Kyle Sinckler would be a good England captain, even if it was short-lived
  • He has developed into the most professional striker I have worked with
  • There are some lower profile players I would like to see involved as well

There will be a lot of changes in the England team this summer and I would love to see Kyle Sinckler take over the captaincy. Even if it’s a short-term role until the senior players return from the Lions tour, it would be a very smart move.

Kyle has matured a lot since he first showed up at Harlequins as a schoolboy with a bit of puppy fat. Over the years he has developed into the most professional striker I have ever worked with. Only Jonny May comes close in the amount of “extras” he does outside of team training. Kyle sets incredibly high standards and as a captain, others would follow.

As everyone saw in his impassioned TV interview after his omission from Lions, he is an extremely eloquent man. The general public can identify with him.

Kyle Sinckler should at least take the England captaincy as a short-term move for the summer

Kyle Sinckler should at least take the England captaincy as a short-term move for the summer

Sinckler spoke well after his omission of Lions and the public likes him

Sinckler spoke well after his omission of Lions and the public likes him

Sinckler spoke well after his omission of Lions and the public likes him

Ever since I started watching England games on TV I realized how important it is for the captain to be a spokesperson for the supporters. If you’re wrong, it can easily backfire.

Many fans supported the team after Owen Farrell’s interview with Sonja McLaughlan as it was all over social media in minutes. That’s not a criticism of Owen, as I’ve done much worse interviews… Constantly thinking about my interview after England lost to Wales in the 2015 World Cup!

Like it or not, being a team spokesperson is a big part of the role and I think Kyle could be a natural frontman. Gareth Southgate has shown the benefit of posting positive messages and getting people involved. It builds a real bond with everyone who supports the team and also gives the players a little more leeway through the tough times.

Everyone in the England squad, players and coaches alike, admire Kyle as a person and I think he would appreciate the responsibility, especially as a way of exploiting his disappointment at Lions.

I look forward to seeing what other changes Eddie Jones makes. In 2017, when many senior players were away from the Lions, Eddie quickly brought guys like Tom Curry into the senior team. Curry had to share a room with Dylan Hartley, the captain, and it was all part of the audition to see if he was ready to perform.

I’ll be stunned if Marcus Smith doesn’t wear the No. 10 jersey. Everyone’s talking about him for his performances for Quins, but here are a few lesser-known guys I’d love to see involved…

Sinckler sets incredibly high standards as an England player and would make a good captain

Sinckler sets incredibly high standards as an England player and would make a good captain

Sinckler sets incredibly high standards as an England player and would make a good captain

Freddie Steward

Age 20, fullback, Leicester

No one came in and actually grabbed the 15 shirt. He has the qualities of an old-fashioned fullback: high ball, one-on-one tackling, counter-attack and a good shoe. You need those basics at the test level. He’s a big bump and he reminds me of All Black Jordie Barrett. Tom de Glanville should also be in the mix, but Steward is the man of form.

Adam Radwan

Age 23, Wing, Newcastle

England must find another winger who can play the physical role of Jack Nowell. Someone who can step out of his wing and hang around bad luck. Radwan and Ollie Hassell-Collins of London Irish are both guys with the right physical characteristics. They might be a little rough in terms of game reading and backfield coverage, but I think they would benefit greatly from the English environment. I am very excited to work with Adam at Newcastle.

Adam Radwan is a winger who could play the physical role of Jack Nowell this summer

Adam Radwan is a winger who could play the physical role of Jack Nowell this summer

Adam Radwan is a winger who could play the physical role of Jack Nowell this summer

Raffi Quirke

Age 19, Scrum Half, Sale Sharks

I had never heard of this boy until a few months ago, but he is on fire. He’s only 19, but he’s clearly learning so much from working under Faf de Klerk. For a scrum half, he looks incredibly strong and tough. It is similar to Faf, but with a larger frame. He’s a livewire around the ruck, kind of like Danny Care, taking breaks every time he plays.

Will Capon

21 years, whore, Bristol Bears

With Jamie George and Luke Cowan-Dickie both gone from the Lions, there’s a big opportunity for a young whore. Alfie Barbeary showed X-Factor with his Christmas wear, but he suffered a few injuries and Capon is on the hook. His lineout basics look strong, he runs sharp support lines and has an eye for an offload.

Miles Reid

22 years, back row, Bath

He is a jackal threat, a ball carrier and he works incredibly hard. They send him in the lineout, so he looks like a real all-round back-row forward. I read his interview in the Daily Mail and he seems like a well-rounded character.

Miles Reid impressed in Bath and is a good ball carrier who works extremely hard

Miles Reid impressed in Bath and is a good ball carrier who works extremely hard

Miles Reid impressed in Bath and is a good ball carrier who works extremely hard

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