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Kyle Sinckler may not be able to remember the World Cup final after he was concussed in the third minute but, as the England prop weighs up his future, he does recall what happened to two former team-mates when injury forced them into premature retirement.
Sinckler has become one of the game’s hottest properties and with a reputed $NZ985,000 offer pending from Bristol Bears for his services in the new year, the 26-year-old has to weigh up loyalty to the club who first spotted him as a 12-year-old against long-term financial security.
“I’ve come to understand that loyalty works two ways,” said Sinckler.
“You can’t always just expect loyalty from a player if he is not receiving it back. A good friend of mine here, [centre] Jordan Turner-Hall, had to retire at 27 [in 2015], then needed a replacement hip. There were some complications with his insurance. He went from being in the spotlight to it being all gone and he’s on his own. He had to fend for himself. Jordan was in a dark place for a few years. [Centre] George Lowe likewise. That’s the way sport is. I’m very conscious of these guys.
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“Of course it is a difficult one [my contract situation] but I’m all for players getting what they feel they deserve. I do think the salary cap needs freshening up although I also think it’s good t
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