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Wales boss Warren Gatland says that “sometimes you get your pants pulled down” when making comments about players.
England prop Kyle Sinckler returns to the Principality Stadium on Saturday – six months after Gatland said “emotionally, he can be a bit of a timebomb” and “there is a challenge sometimes with his temperament.”
Gatland made those remarks prior to a Six Nations showdown between the countries in Cardiff that saw Wales triumph 21-13 on their way to a Grand Slam-winning campaign.
Earlier in that tournament, Sinckler was embroiled in an exchange with Ireland flanker Peter O’Mahony in Dublin, and against France eight days later he was reminded of “rugby’s values”‘ by match referee Nigel Owens after slapping Les Bleus forward Arthur Iturria on the head.
Sinckler, who is among England’s replacements this weekend, was taken off by head coach Eddie Jones 55 minutes into that Cardiff clash.
He had conceded two key penalties in quick succession and had an ongoing battle with Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones, although an outstanding overall performance before then was highlighted b
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