While England are two from two at the World Cup thanks to wins over Argentina and Japan in Pool D, the thoughts of at least some of their number may be on the prospect of continuing their careers in France.
At 30 years of age, Sinckler finds himself at a pivotal point in his career and is understood to be nearing the end of his contract with Pat Lam’s Bristol. The former Harlequins stalwart and British & Irish Lions tourist is entering his prime as a prop is apparently part of the conversation.
Tighthead Will Stuart, the rising star of English rugby’s front row, is in a similar contractual position, approaching the end of his tenure with Bath.
Meanwhile, ASM Clermont, facing the potential departure of Rabah Slimani, and Union Bordeaux-Begles and Castres Olympique, are also in the hunt to secure a tighthead, with both Stuart and Sinckler high on the shopping list.
Saracens’ utility back Elliot Daly is yet another player in the spotlight among French recruiters. The former British & Irish Lions veteran’s versatility and wealth of experience have made him a valuable asset for England under Steve Borthwick, and a number of French clubs are said to be eager to harness his talents.
Lewis Ludlam, himself a versatile back-row forward celebrated for his physicality and work rate, has also piqued the interest of Top 14 teams, a move which would see him cut short his burgeoning England career, for the time being at least.
The Northampton Saints back row has impressed so far for England so far in France.
England flyer Henry Arundell has already signed for Racing 92, while former England players Sam Simmonds, Jack Nowell and Harry Williams are among a number of Gallagher Premiership players who are already enjoying a new career on French soil with their respective clubs.
Second row David Ribbans has also already thrown in his lot with Toulon.