England prop Kyle Sinckler is reportedly set to be called up to the British and Irish Lions squad.
The 2017 tourist surprisingly missed the cut this time around, but it would appear he’s now been handed a reprieve.
According to the Daily Mail, he received an invitation from Warren Gatland on Sunday morning following an injury to Irishman Andrew Porter.
Sinckler was forced to pull out of Bristol Bears’ clash with Leicester Tigers with a slight injury, but it would appear that isn’t going to be an issue either for the Bears’ Premiership run-in or the Lions tour.
Sinckler’s initial omission was arguably the biggest surprise in Gatland’s squad to tour South Africa.
The tighthead has responded in ideal fashion since then, putting in a man-of-the-match performance in Bristol’s 40-24 victory over Bath.
His emotion poured out in the post-match interview following that victory, with the 28-year-old on the verge of tears as he explained how hard he had taken his Lions rejection.
“It’s been an emotional week, especially for myself,” said Sinckler. “I want to thank my teammates, my family, my loved ones for helping me.
“From a team’s perspective, how good! First-half wasn’t great, but second-half we dug in.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m quite emotional right now. It’s been tough.
“It means so much to me. I’m just lucky I’ve got my mentor at Saviour World and we broke it down. I kind of understand the reasons why.
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“I think, in a year or two, I’ll look back and it’ll all make sense. Right now, it doesn’t make sense.
“But what I wanted to do was lead by example and show the kids. How easy would it have been for me to play the victim, say ‘sorry me’ and throw my toys out of the pram.
“It’s been so tough. I’ve never experienced anything like this in my whole life.
“I’m just lucky I’ve got a good support team around me. I wanted to show the kids and everyone at home how much it means to me.
“Do the tough stuff, get on with it, use that anger.
“I’ve got so much anger in me right now but actually use it in a positive way and do what’s best for the team.
“I think I did that today.”