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Mako and Billy Vunipola commit to Saracens

England internationals Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola have penned new deals at Saracens until 2022.

Saracens have spent the summer working on retaining the services of key cogs to their engine room, with forwards Juan Figallo, Vincent Koch and George Kruis all re-signing new contracts.

Head and tailing the Premiership champions scrum, the front row and back row duo have won three league titles under director of rugby Mark McCall, as well as back-to-back European Cups.

Praising the successes of the Vunipolas so far in their Men in Black careers, McCall said: “Mako and Billy have both made outstanding contributions to Saracens over a number of years.

“They’ve played a very significant role in the development of the group both on and off the field and naturally we’re thrilled they’ve committed their future to the club for another four years.”

Loosehead Vunipola has made 144 appearances since joining the Premiership side in 2011 from Bristol and cited the feel-good vibe and family values of Saracens as worthy reasons to continue his rugby at Allianz Park.

“It’s pleasing to get the opportunity to play here at a great club where I’ve spent most of my adult years,” Mako said.

“We’re very lucky to have a family environment and we take it for granted sometimes. We’re very lucky a lot of us have grown up together and genuinely consider each other family. You can see that on the field but off it we love each other’s company; it’s a bit cringe sometimes but for me that’s what makes this club so strong.”

England vice-captain Billy Vunipola added: “I’m very happy to be staying here. It was a straightforward decision; it was always about how I enjoyed being around the club and the boys.

“I’m looking forward to growing as a group and growing friendships I already have. A lot of the boys who have been here for a long time have already re-signed like Brad, Kruiso and Duncan – the coaches too. I can’t wait for the group to grow more and it’s something that excites me.”

As Saracens tie up deals for the core members of their squad attention will now turn to Maro Itoje, whose current deal is set to expire at the end of the season.

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