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Kyle Sinckler’s comments to Australia players were picked up by referee's mic

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England ended their autumn campaign on a high courtesy of an impressive 37-18 victory over Australia at Twickenham.

Eddie Jones’ men - who defeated South Africa and Japan earlier this month - sealed a deserved win thanks to tries from Jonny May, Elliot Daly, Joe Cokanasiga and Owen Farrell.

Farrell also contributed four conversions and three penalties to add gloss to the scoreline.

For Australia, who were without their talisman David Pocock, this was their sixth defeat on the bounce.

BBC Sport handed Kyle Sinckler the Man of the Match award following a superb performance over the Wallabies.

“The tight-head prop has made that position his own this autumn and contributed 12 rumbustious carries in his 60-odd minutes on the pitch,” BBC Sport added, “a perpetual threat even when England were struggling to find momentum.”

England v Australia - Quilter International

However, Sinckler was also caught by the referee Jaco Peyper’s mic making a rather controversial comment to Australia’s players.

Early in the second half, viewers heard him tell Australia’s forward pack: “You’re all ****ing snitches anyway”.

As and others have pointed out, Sinckler’s comments were surely in reference to Australia’s decision to drop Kurtley Beale and Adam Ashley-Cooper for the England game.

The pair were dropped after they were found to have brought guests back to the team hotel following a defeat in Wales earlier this month.


Reports claims this was deemed unsatisfactory behaviour by their own teammates and a breach of team protocol, hence why Sinckler may have labelled Australia’s players ‘snitches’ during the game.

The breach of team protocol was reportedly raised by captain Michael Hooper and the leadership group including David Pocock, Allan Alaalatoa, Samu Kerevi and Nick Phipps.

England v Australia - Quilter International

Both Beale and Ashley-Cooper played against Italy last weekend but were dropped for the England match after Australia coach Michael Cheika finally got wind of what had happened.

Here’s how rugby fans reacted to Sinckler’s comments…

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