HEART-BROKEN Kyle Sinckler has been told to stay strong and not give up hope of touring South Africa after his shock Lions snub.
Sinckler, capped three times in New Zealand four years ago, was overlooked by boss Warren Gatland last week.
But his old mentor, the Wales and Lions legend Adam Jones, has told the 28-year-old to make sure he is ready – just in case there are injuries to Ireland pair Tadhg Furlong and Andrew Porter or Scotland's Zander Fagerson.
After Sunday's win over Wasps the Harlequins coach said: "I don't want anyone to get injured, but if there is, I am sure Kyle will be the next guy on the plane.
"I was sad for him on Thursday, but am incredibly proud of him in how he spoke about it."
After his man-of-the-match showing in Bristol's demolition at Bath, teary Sinckler said: "I am not going to lie – I am emotional.
"I wanted to use that anger, I have never had so much anger inside and I used it positively. What I wanted to do was to lead by example.
"It has been so tough – but I wanted to show everyone at home how much it means to me."
Jones picked up the phone twice to Sinckler last week to give him his ultimate backing.
He explained: "I text him after the squad came out and I text him on Saturday.
"I have spent a lot of time with Kyle and he is probably the main reason I came to Quins – to work with him, mentor and help him as much as I could.
"I have been incredibly proud of him many times for this club. And on Saturday, that surpassed everything – the way he spoke, putting it all out there – I understand his emotion.
"And when you are emotionally attached to a kid like that and he was putting it all on the line – it was tough to watch, but it also shows how much he has grown as a bloke.
"I was incredibly proud of him on Saturday. Do I think I should have toured? Yes, he should be on the tour.
"Do I think he will probably get a call-up if someone gets injured? Hopefully, yes.
"The way he dealt with himself with a man-of-the-match performance shows how much he has grown up since that annoying little kid I first came across when I came here six years ago."
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