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Mako Vunipola in line for England recall

Saracens prop Mako Vunipola has returned to the England camp as 28 players assembled at Pennyhill Park yesterday ahead of their Six Nations game against Italy on Sunday. Vunipola, 26, missed the first two matches of the competition through injury but played 70 minutes for his club side at the weekend. His brother Billy Vunipola […]

Self-belief gave Mako Vunipola strength to beat critics

Mako Vunipola is playing with the power and confidence of a man who has silenced his critics and believes there is even more to come from him as England’s first choice loosehead prop. With Joe Marler having stood down from the summer tour of Australia and been hampered by concussion this season, the Saracens prop […]

Beers and banter got us to Grand Slam says Mako Vunipola

Mako Vunipola has revealed why being handed personal responsibility by new boss Eddie Jones helped England’s players achieve a first Six Nations grand slam since 2003. Vunipola, one of five Saracens to feature in last week’s clincher in France, reckons being released from the claustrophobic confines imposed by previous boss Stuart Lancaster encouraged England to […]

Brendan Gallagher: Come on Eddie, show some brotherly love and play Billy plus Mako Vunipola from the start

Fe’ao Vunipola and his wife the Rev Iesinga Vunipola are always proud of their sons whatever the day of the week and regardless of whether they are playing rugby for England or tending to the hog roast in their back garden. But yesterday was pretty special by any standards and parental joy was surely overflowing. […]

I want to be England’s starting No.1, Mako Vunipola tells Eddie Jones

Mako Vunipola is determined to be the No.1 name on Eddie Jones’ first England team-sheet. And the 20st loose-head prop does not intend to let anyone stand in his formidable way of a start against Scotland. No fewer than 22 of Vunipola’s 27 caps have been from the bench but now the 24-year-old hopes the […]

Mako Vunipola out of England’s New Zealand tour

England have suffered yet another injury blow with Mako Vunipola undergoing a knee surgery. The loosehead dislocated the patella in his right knee during Saracens’ Heineken Cup final and will miss the tour to New Zealand which starts on June 7. He will also sit out the Premiership final against Northampton tomorrow with Richard Barrington […]

“Year long slog left me in dip,” says Mako Vunipola

Mako Vunipola has revealed how post-Lions fatigue caused his form to dip dramatically.

Jeff Probyn: Joe Marler has moved above Mako Vunipola in the prop order

As the end of this season’s Autumn Internationals are approaching, what have we learned? England set a goal of three wins out of three but really expected just the two they achieved, saving their best performance for the game they lost. The first two games were disappointing despite the fact that England won. The levels […]

Mako Vunipola out of All Blacks clash

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has revealed Mako Vunipola will not face New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday due to a knee injury. The Saracens loose head sustained the injury in the opening Test of the Autumn internationals against Australia and missed Saturday’s victory over Argentina. Alex Corbisiero, who returned from a knee injury against […]

Mako Vunipola will be best prop in world says Saracens coach

Public opinion might suggest Mako Vunipola was taught a lesson in Melbourne, but Saracens forwards coach Alex Sanderson is adamant that the quick-learning prop passed his test with flying colours. Still only 22, and having  made his England debut in November last year, no one  expected Vunipola to make the Lions touring party a year […]

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