Kyle Sinckler: 'Adam Jones made me a better player'

Kyle Sinckler of Harlequins poses for a picture during the photoshoot for BT Sport on August 18, 2014
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Kyle Sinckler hails the impact of fellow Harlequins prop Adam Jones on his career.

British and Irish Lions front-rower Kyle Sinckler has said that he would not be where he is now without the help of teammate Adam Jones.

Despite having only earned eight caps for England, Sinckler has been picked by Lions coach Warren Gatland for the tour to New Zealand, which gets under way on June 3.

Sinckler has paid tribute to fellow Harlequins prop Jones for his effect on his career.

He told BBC Sport: "Looking back now, when you are a young player, you want to play. Then you see Adam Jones come into the club, and you are probably not going to play as much.

"From my first day, Adam has been unreal. He's been like a coach to me, even though he is a player.

"He will be a top coach in no time at all. He's been a coach, a mentor, a father figure to me - and a headmaster when he is telling me off."

Jones toured South Africa in 2009 and Australia in 2013 with the Lions.

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