England's Kyle Sinckler sweating on ban that could wreck his Six Nations after shouting 'are you f***ing serious' at ref

KYLE SINCKLER is sweating on a ban that could wreck his Six Nations for shouting: "Are you f****** serious" at a ref.

England and Bristol Bears prop Sinckler escaped any punishment from official Karl Dickson, his old Harlequins team-mate, during the win at Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

But he has since been cited by another player, Duncan Bell.

And now he faces a hearing on Tuesday.

If he is found guilty then the lowest punishment is two weeks, with mid-range four, the top six – and a maximum of a year.

The 27-year-old Lions star quickly apologised on Twitter after the game for his language in reaction to his England team-mate Luke Cowan-Dickie seemingly flying in at his legs without wrapping his arms.

Sinckler said: “Want to apologise for my reaction today.

“Not the example I want to be setting.

“Heat of the moment stuff.

“Will make a conscious effort to improve. My bad.”


When bringing the charge the RFU said: "Sinckler was cited by independent citing commissioner Duncan Bell following the match between Bristol Bears and Exeter Chiefs on Saturday 9 January 2021.  

"This was for failing to respect the authority of the match official, contrary to World Rugby Law 9.28.

"The independent disciplinary panel will be chaired by Richard Whittam QC, with Becky Essex and one other panel member to be confirmed."

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