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Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola (born Viliami Vunipola 3 November 1992) is a Australia born English rugby union player.

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Billy Vunipola is on the bench for England's game with Scotland on Saturday, while Ben Youngs, Jonathan Joseph and Jack Nowell all start.
England retain Tigers pair Dan Cole and Ben Youngs for the Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland on Saturday - also Billy Vunipola included
Billy Vunipola in line for England start?
Billy Vunipola to start with Ben Youngs, Jack Nowell and Jonathan Joseph - is this England's XV to face Scotland?
"On his day he is the best No. 8 in the world". Ben Youngs has been lauding Billy Vunipola:…
Billy Vunipola back with England: Billy Vunipola has been named in Eddie Jones' squad for England's Six Nations
England boss Eddie Jones wastes no time in recalling No 8 Billy Vunipola
Billy Vunipola return can tip the Six Nations balance for England - Ben Youngs
England scrum-half Ben Youngs can't wait to have Billy Vunipola back on deck. .
Billy Vunipola back in contention for England Six Nations match with Scotland
... good news?!? Billy Vunipola: England number eight could return for Six Nations
Billy Vunipola could return to England fold for Six Nations clash with Scotland:
England opt for Nathan Hughes to replace Billy Vunipola for game against Australia -
Nathan Hughes is set to replace Billy Vunipola when England take on Australia on Saturday according to assistant co…
Wasps' Nathan Hughes has been backed to replace the injured Billy Vunipola when England face Australia on Saturday. 👉
Nathan Hughes is fit and ready to replace Billy Vunipola against Australia, says England assistant coach Paul...
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Billy Vunipola gives England injury dilemma as they prepare to face Australia
England No 8 Billy Vunipola to pass over Six Nations after present process knee surgical operation -…
Huge blow for England. Billy Vunipola out for 12 weeks with knee injury.
Billy Vunipola set to miss Six Nations, writes
England forward Billy Vunipola could miss the after being ruled out of for at least three months with a…
Gutted for Billy vunipola but imagine injuring yourself yesterday and having surgery today... That's some medical cover!
Nothing official yet, but hearing Billy Vunipola's injury will keep him out of the Six Nations. Three to four months.
England's Billy Vunipola faces battle to be fit for 6 Nations - Irish Examiner -
Jack Clifford called into squad after Billy Vunipola ruled out; Rocco & Yarde also return to…
Look away now fans. . Billy Vunipola is likely to miss the 🏉. More ➡️…
Blow for England as Vunipola set to miss Six Nations
Billy Vunipola ruled out of rugby for at least three months after knee surgery in cruel blow for England -…
England rugby news: Heartbroken Billy Vunipola set to miss Australia Test and Six Nations
England's Billy Vunipola in danger of ­missing entire Six Nations Championship
Billy Vunipola clearly having an op on that knee injury then.still nothing from England
Big blow for England. Vunipola out of 6 Nations .
Vunipola in doubt for Six Nations with knee injury
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A huge blow. England will have to do without Billy Vunipola for the Six Nations. ➡️
RFU confirm Billy Vunipola out for at least 12 weeks with knee injury. EJ: "Billy’s been absolutely fantastic over the last 1…
Billy Vunipola likely to miss the Six Nations after England star undergoes knee surgery
Billy Vunipola in doubt for Six Nations after undergoing knee surgery (via
Billy Vunipola out with injury as England prepare for Australia
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Vunipola out for 12 weeks after knee surgery
- England dealt late blow ahead of Fiji clash as Billy Vunipola and Jonny May mis...
Billy Vunipola - Super Saracens trio Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola can take England to new height
England's Owen Farrell, Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje make World Player of the Year six-man shortlist -
Brad Barritt, Mike Haley, Billy Vunipola and James Horwill top the Opta Ratings for Round 7…
Sir Clive Woodward's big-match focus: Billy Vunipola is to meet Taulupe ... -
Billy Vunipola, Stuart Hogg and George North... which Six Nations stars make our ... -
Alex Goode, Billy Vunipola and Jack Nowell top the Opta Statistics at the Final: Alex Goode showed once again...
Not for the squeamish! Alex Dumoulin's ankle breaks under the weight of Billy Vunipola landing on him. https:…
Billy Vunipola and George Kruis rested by Saracens against Newcastle but Maro Itoje is in the team
England's six of the best: Saracens quartet Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje, George Kruis and Billy Vunipola are join...
George Smith: Nathan Hughes and Billy Vunipola could be devastating combination for England: ht…
73 carries in 6 matches for Billy Vunipola in
Interesting stuff from Dai on who could follow Billy Vunipola's footsteps with England.
I swear, Billy Vunipola is like the worst No. 8 in the world.
Great evening listening to Billy Vunipola on life, rugby and faith.
Nathan Hughes is the Fijian giant who can form heavyweight England back row alongside Six Nations star Billy Vunipola
we have a play maker at 6 for first time in ages but would love to see Billy Vunipola at 13!!!
I've lost count. But "if you're Billy Vunipola, you'll be feeling embarrassed right now." How do you know how he feels?!
Very rarely that you see Billy Vunipola brushed aside like Teimana Harrison did.
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Is Billy Vunipola really better than Thomas Waldron...I don't think so!
Billy Vunipola squeezes in at the corner for Try
10 Invictus Games competitors joined by Zara Phillips and Billy Vunipola at Eastnor Castle
Billy Vunipola bulging in all the right places
We recently had the pleasure of entertaining Zara Phillips & Billy Vunipola at Eastnor ahead of the Invictus Games
just found my 8 year old son playing rugby against two 9 yr olds and hammering them! Said he is Billy Vunipola! Proud moments!
Saracens 36-18 Exeter: Six Nations stars Billy Vunipola and Owen Farrell make try-scoring return as Sarries reclaim top s…
Building relationships between team-mates off the field is helping Englands performances on it, says Billy Vunipola.
England stars Billy Vunipola and Jonathan Joseph, along with Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton, are among the names on the…
Fresh from their Grand Slam heroics in Paris last weekend, England stars Dylan Hartley, Billy Vunipola, Jonathan Joseph and Danny Care are
Billy Vunipola is wasted in the England back-row. Get yourself a few other mates and make yourself a boy band!
So James Haskell (Wellington) College) did not to talk to Billy Vunipola (Harrow School) before Eddie Jones arrived - school envy?.
"Haskell never used to talk to me". Billy Vunipola says England are close-knit under Jones
LIVE scenes from Twickers, where beast of a man Billy Vunipola enjoys a post match meal with Haskell, Youngs & Brown http…
Billy Vunipola and Greig Laidlaw are obvious picks. Rob Kearney less obvious but I thought he had a good game.
Billy Vunipola loving life under England coach Eddie Jones:
CHRIS FOY: Billy Vunipola had certainly done enough to earn his 'cheat meal' on Saturday night, but England's No 8 was keeping his options
Eddie Jones needs to bring in Steffon Armitage at 6, Nathan Hughes (when available) at 7 and Billy Vunipola at 8!! unstoppable back row!
Vunipola: "I’m in the best shape both physically and mentally I’ve probably ever been in"
INTERVIEW: Billy Vunipola – "I’m learning new things and developing parts of my game I hadn’t focussed on before"
Some good examples here of what good coaching is all about :
Billy Vunipola with classmates wait for lunch - or perhaps they are his lunch?
"England's excellent back-row trio of Chris Robshaw, James Haskell and Billy Vunipola" let's replace excellent with average.
Billy vunipola moonlighting as lead singer of the weekend
WATCH: CJ Stander wary of Billy Vunipola threat ahead of England Six Nations clash
A big man with a big heart. Spotlight on
With the salary cap due to increase can offer contracts like this w'out fear of an investigation!
Vunipola brothers sign new contracts with Saracens: Saracens and England forwards Mako and Billy Vunipola have...
"I can understand if I was Billy Vunipola, getting on the lash the night before a big game, but im not" (Anonymous, 2016)
Just got off the phone with Eddie Jones, so glad I made the squad replacing Billy Vunipola!!
Billy Vunipola and Mako Vunipola commit their futures to Saracens
RuckMe: Vunipola brothers commit to Saracens: Brothers Mako and Billy Vunipola have boosted European Rugby Cha...
Billy and Mako Vunipola sign new Saracens contracts
Good news for the Vunipola family as brothers Billy and Mako have signed contract extensions with Saracens!
OFFICIAL: Mako and Billy Vunipola sign new Saracens contracts through to 2019.
Come on Paul, it's Vunipolae as any fule kno
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either Billy Vunipola or Jonathon Joseph for me, both had class performances so far🙌🏼
Billy vunipola. Special mention to James haskell
Saracens announce that both Mako and Billy Vunipola have committed their futures to the club, by signing fresh contract extensions to 2019
Billy Vunipola without a shadow of a doubt!
Q1) Owen Farrell has been impressive, but Billy Vunipola has been outstanding so far
Billy and Mako Vunipola sign contract extensions with Saracens:
RUGBY: Vunipola brothers sign new contracts for Saracens: Big news for ex-Thornbury stars Billy and Mako Vunipola
Mako and Billy happy with their fee, S I G N I N G.
Billy & Mako Vunipola have signed contract extensions with Saracens which will keep them at the club until 2019. https:/…
Billy and Mako Vunipola sign contract extensions at Saracens until 2019: • ‘It’s a special... from world news app
DTN UK: Saracens brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola pen new contracts until 2019 at Allianz Park: England pair B...
Man of the match Billy Vunipola hailed new England coach Eddie Jones a ‘great guy’ and insisted England have taken the first step towards
Six Nations Player of the Week - England's Billy Vunipola beats Carlo Canna
Nathan Hughes and Billy Vunipola are going to be monstrous for England, with one starting and one as a Chabal-esque impact player
DTN UK: England call up Nick Easter after Billy Vunipola ruled out of Rugby World Cup with knee injury picked ...
Nick Easter will appear at a third World Cup after being called up by England to replace injured number eight Billy Vunipola. Vunipola has
Seems that England's Rugby World Cup fart-flop is turning into that other favourite UK sport - 'chav' bashing.
CHRIS FOY: Will Skelton is Australia’s giant answer to Billy Vunipola. The parallels are profound. Both men are 22, of Po…
Forwards most not good enough. Missed Billy Vunipola when he got injured
Video: Alex Goode speaks to about those Billy Vunipola rumours
Fall out continues from England's disastrous Rugby World Cup
Rugby World Cup: England investigated for possible breach of communications as Kyran Bracken backs Billy Vunipola …
This is the real Game of Thrones. I'll be surprised if they don't clean house.
Selection of Sam Burgess over Luther Burrell 'split England camp' during World Cup failure
ICYMI: Billy Vunipola denies questioning selection of for
RWC 2015 England vs Wales: Billy Vunipola may not know the rules but has learnt how t
These Quotes are from a Q&A with & last night after Billy Vunipola had a few beers
Rugby World Cup: Ex-Thornbury ace Billy Vunipola denies sticking the knife into England after World Cup exit t...
And so it begins. Bring back Sir Clive: England in turmoil as player frustrations emerge:
They're all too fit and skillful for me Uncle Russell , especially that Billy Vunipola
Billy Vunipola denies England's failed Rugby World Cup bid was due to selection of Burgess
Billy Vunipola denies questioning selection of Sam Burgess for
England knocked out of World Cup: Billy Vunipola denies saying Sam Burgess inclusion caused rift in camp - Telegraph
Billy Vunipola denies making claims about rumoured disharmony in England camp
This Information is all sourced from a person in attendance at a Q&A with Billy Vunipola, Kyran Bracken and David Campese…
George Ford, Anthony Watson, Billy Vunipola, Jonathan Joseph, Ben Youngs, Mike Brown can come away with some pride.
England optimistic over Ben Youngs (ankle) while Ben Morgan and Joe Launchbury due to replace Billy Vunipola and Courtney Lawes (knee).
Nick Easter just won't lie down. Fair play. Shame for Billy Vunipola. England will NEVER pick Steff Armitage. The world scra…
Billy Vunipola may be out of but Ben Morgan has handed England a timely boost.
Billy Vunipola is a big loss for England
Billy Vunipola ruled out for the rest of the WC. Devastating news. Ben Morgan a doubt as it is we lack serious ball carriers.
Nick Easter was exceptional for Quins last season & will be a powerful voice, but Billy Vunipola's departure is a major…
Injuries to Billy Vunipola and Ben Morgan could be huge before England face Australia. Hopes rapidly fading. Great for Nick Easter though.
I've just seen someone say Nick Easter is better than Ben Morgan and Billy Vunipola. DEARY ME. The most club of club players.
NEWS - Owen Farrell, Sam Burgess, Brad Barritt and Billy Vunipola will all start for England against Wales.
England confirm Owen Farrell starts at 10 with Sam Burgess and Brad Barritt in midfield. Billy Vunipola in at No8
Billy Vunipola sneaks a dramatic last-second bonus point to kick off England's campaign with a win htt…
Latest interviews for with Billy Vunipola, Euan Murray & Ruan Pienaar now in
Huge congratulations to the Saracens and in particular Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell, Alex Goode,...
Mike Brown scored less than Billy Vunipola. My *** Brown was committed. BV was a bit part player.
Billy Vunipola has managed to lose 8kg since June, and admits avoiding pasta and jelly babies was tough.
Northampton Saints were probably team to beat, says Billy Vunipola
yup, plus the Vunipola Bros and Sam Edgerley. Ford and Billy V were year 11 playing u18 rugby
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1/2Greg Garner was superbly assisted by his TMO Sean Davey over a low but LEGAl tackle by Hartley on Billy Vunipola yesterday
Billy & Mako Vunipola monstrous today. Kruis & Itoje too. Word for Tom Wood, though. Huge performance in defeat w/ Graham Rowntree watching.
Not his biggest fan but Billy Vunipola has been outstanding today
My mums met billy vunipola twice now and she thinks she knows him on a personal level
74min: Penalty Saracens!! Amazing work over the ball from Billy Vunipola. Farrell points to the posts.
21-26 65m Another pen for Saints at the maul. Billy Vunipola pulling players down. SF1
At times billy vunipola acts like a man who does not know the laws.
Brilliant fightback. Billy Vunipola in the wrong place here, Saracens lost all his power.
16-20 Pen to Saints, Billy Vunipola taking the ball out of Dicksons hands SF1
32' Armed weren't used in the tackle in Garner's opinion on the Billy Vunipola tackle. TMO disagrees, no decision made
Good work from Billy Vunipola at the breakdown. Saracens earn the penalty. Farrell kicks. Saints 7-10 Saracens.
Billy Vunipola's coming of age has seen Saracens and England man-mountain make colossal impact
Billy Vunipola says he lost the England shirt due to complacency - but it won't happen again
MT Vunipola vow to banish complacency to secure starting spot for England
Billy Vunipola vows to banish complacency to secure Rugby World Cup starting spot for England
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Vunipola thanks strict parents for career turnaround: "They're doing it because they love me."
Billy Vunipola: It would be 'really tough' on dressing room if England pick overseas players
I'm sorry, but how billy vunipola has been included yet there is no ewers, armitage, abendanon, or waldrom is beyond me totally...
Saracens Billy Vunipola can face Clermont Auvergne this weekend after his citing for striking an opponent was dismissed.
Congrats to Billy Vunipola who was named as the Richard Hill Players’ Player of the Season at Saracens Awards Dinner.
Billy Vunipola on his mum calling him arrogant, being dropped, coming back, Saracens, Steffon Armitage, World Cup etc htt…
New: Billy Vunipola: I’m a team man now, for Saracens and England [link removed] [link removed] world_latest Go to …
What an awesome development year 2015 has been for Billy Vunipola... and
Billy Vunipola (No. 8) has scored 4 tries, he is 29th in the leading tries table this Aviva Premiership 14/15.
Who will be player of the month Dave Ewers, George Ford, Billy Vunipola, Joe Simpson, Matt Kvesic Who would you pick?
star Billy Vunipola (revealed as special guest for Greene King IPA Sevens tournament:
33min: Billy Vunipola charges down Stephen Myler and but looks to have spilled the ball just inches before the line.
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens: Billy Vunipola holds the key as Sarries send out big guns for semi -
Saracens No 8 Billy Vunipola in the clear to face Clermont Auvergne in Champions Cup semi-final .. -
Billy Vunipola appreciates England chance after putting arrogance behind him - Sports Mole
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Billy Vunipola is ruled out of Englands Test against Australia with concussion and replaced by Thomas Waldrom.
Good news though for . Billy Vunipola has been replaced by Thomas Waldrom who's in fine form for Exeter 7 tries in 8 matches
England vs Australia: Thomas Waldrom called up to training squad with Billy Vunipola ruled out of Wa
England call up Thomas Waldrom to replace Billy Vunipola after Saracens No 8 suffers concussion playing for his club 
Billy Vunipola ruled out of England against Australia with concussion via
England back-rower Billy Vunipola ruled out of Test with due to concussion and replaced by Thomas Waldrom
Planet Rugby News Care, Vunipola, Eastmond miss out: England have left out Danny Care, Billy Vunipola and Kyle...
England coach Stuart Lancaster dropped Danny Care, Billy Vunipola & Kyle Eastmond from the squad for Saturday's clash with Samoa
England drop three big names: England head coach Stuart Lancaster has dropped Danny Care, Billy Vunipola and K...
Fekitoa and Reid is back for the NZ All Blacks while England making 3 changes in the forwards and 2 changes to the backs.Manu Tuilagi and Billy Vunipola are starting *** Yeah.go England
Still cant get over Billy Vunipola's sour grapes at the final whistle yesterday.
I love wasps and jonny wilkinson! Billy Vunipola is a loser and a bad sport as he refused to shake the hand of someone he can only dream of emulating! Dream on Billy you have a lot to learn!
All of today's match reaction to come. We'll hear from Mark McCall, Billy Vunipola & try scorers Chris Ashton & Mouritz Botha…
to think Manu Tuilagi, Christian Wade, Billy Vunipola, Geoff Parling, Tom Croft, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole + Ben Foden were all out today...
ENGLAND have made two changes to their squad for Sunday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Wales at Twickenham Stadium. Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, right) replaces the injured Billy Vunipola at No 8 to win his 19th cap, with Exeter Chiefs’ Tom Johnson coming on to the replacements’ bench. England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Ben has made an impact off the bench in the previous games. He has been pushing hard for the No 8 shirt and now gets his opportunity so we are looking forward to seeing him from the start. Tom has been outstanding for Exeter Chiefs and gives us options off the bench as he has played in all three backrow positions for his club. “We can’t wait to play at home again. The players have said that the atmosphere at Twickenham for the Ireland game was the best they had experienced and I am sure it will be the same again on Sunday. It definitely gives us an extra lift and that’s what we want against another experienced, high quality side, who are looking to defend their title ...
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News: Gloucester's Ben Morgan replaces the injured Billy Vunipola at number eight for England's Six Nations match against Wales.
While Stuart Lancaster and his England coaching team were awaiting a medical bulletin on the stricken Saracens No 8 Billy Vunipola, who did something nasty to his ankle during the compelling Six Nations victory over Ireland at Twickenham and is by no means certain to recover in time for the meeting…
England's Billy Vunipola to miss rest of Six Nations.
England No 8 Billy Vunipola ruled out of rest of Six Nations after spraining ankle in win over Ireland
England dealt blow as Saracens star Billy Vunipola ruled out of Six Nations: England No.8 Billy Vunipola has b...
England number eight Billy Vunipola will miss the rest of the Six Nations after suffering an ankle injury on S...
England lose Vunipola for rest of Six Nations: England's Billy Vunipola has been ruled out of the rest of the ...
ENGLAND rugby coach Stuart Lancaster rued a major blow to his hopes of winning a first Six Nations title last night after No8 Billy Vunipola was ruled out for the remainder of the championship. Sca
London (AFP) - England's Billy Vunipola will miss the final two matches of this season's Six Nations, the Rugby Football Union announced Monday.
Vunipola ruled out of Six Nations: • No8 suffered ankle ligament damage during win over Ireland• Gloucester's ...
Billy Vunipola to miss England's vital Six Nations match against Wales
"Billy Vunipola to miss rest of Six Nations"
Billy Vunipola set to miss huge game against Wales with ligament damage.
Billy Vunipola ruled out of the Six Nations. If only England had another big ball carrying No.8 somewhere...
Billy vunipola is out of the english team!! *** get well soon from that sprained ankle!!
Billy Vunipola will be a very big loss for England against Wales.
what a shame Billy Vunipola is out of the 6 Nations. absolute juggernaut. Ben Morgan decent enough replacement!
Billy Vunipola is out of the with an ankle injury. I wonder what it was - looked to me like a syndesmotic injury.
Good luck to Billy Vunipola in recovering from ankle injury! Great player
Billy Vunipola out of remainder of Six Nations. Blow for England, softened by performance of Ben Morgan off the bench v Ire…
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Billy Vunipola will miss the rest of England's Six Nations campaign due to an ankle injury.
Rugby: Billy Vunipola to miss rest of Six Nations
.No 8 Billy Vunipola will take no further part in the RBS 6 Nations following a sprain to his right ankle.
Six Nations 2014: Billy Vunipola ruled out of Six Nations run-in
Looks like Ben Morgan will be replacing Billy Vunipola at number 8 for England a week on Sunday. That's one guy who learnt how to play rugby in Wales replacing another who learnt his trade here!
Sad to see Billy Vunipola is out for the remaining 2 Six Nations games.has been an absolute tank for England this series!!
Just seen the news that billy vunipola is out. Huge loss for england! Some seriously big shoes for Morgan to fill if selected.
Billy Vunipola is a huge loss to Eng. Wales to win the 6N title I think
9 - Billy Vunipola has beaten nine defenders so far this only one forward (Picamoles - 11) has managed more so fa…
England No 8 Billy Vunipola sidelined from Six Nations campaign after spraining ankle in 13-10 defeat of Ireland http:/…
Lancaster on Vunipola injury: “It’s a blow as Billy has had a good Six Nations but he is young and will be back."
Billy Vunipola is out and will not play any more games for England in this competition.
Confirmation that big billy vunipola will play no more part in Englands 6 nations campaign..
Billy Vunipola out of 6 Nations, call up Dave Ewers to the bench Stuart.
Billy vunipola missing rest of Six Nations 😞
billy vunipola out for rest of 6nations! thank you Ireland!
Billy Vunipola will miss the rest of Englands Six Nations campaign.
Bad news for England and France with Billy Vunipola and Wesley Fofana ruled out for next games.
Billy vunipola out of the 6 nations - shame to see welsh talent missing out!
England v Ireland: Ireland player ratings February 24, 2014 15. Rob Kearney: 8.5 Both fullbacks were heavily involved in their sides’ attacking threat, and while it was Brown on the winning team, Kearney scored Ireland’s only try in the 42nd minute, picking a perfect line through the English defence and rounding his opposite number to dot down underneath the posts. 14. Andrew Trimble: 6.5 Making the most of his ‘last chance saloon’, Trimble threatened the line on a couple of occasions but English scramble defence just covered in time. His kick chase is world class, but over eagerness led to the concession of an unnecessary penalty by straying offside at a ruck. 13. Brian O’Driscoll: 8 His 139th international and 63rd in the Six Nations ended in disappointment but O’Driscoll had his best game of the championship so far, starting with real intent to take the game to Twelvetrees and Burrell in the English midfield. 12. Gordon D’Arcy: 7.5 Defeat at Twickenham ended any hopes of an Irish Grand Sl ...
England v Ireland: England player ratings February 24, 2014 15. Mike Brown: 9 For a man who has been consistently excellent in an England shirt, this was another level up. Brown did not put a foot wrong, making metres every time he gathered the ball, ending with 82 made in total and beating five defenders along the way. His role in England’s try saw him join the line (something his detractors say he must do more of) to take a brilliant pass from Robshaw, before successfully drawing two defenders and sending Danny Care in under the posts. Superlatives roll off the tongue, and rightly so. 14. Jack Nowell: 6 A thoroughly mixed bag for Nowell. There were glimpses of what he can do as he carried the ball menacingly on occasion, but never managed to get away from the defence. And then there were the silly errors, such as the dropped hight ball under very little pressure. Cut those out, and he will be a good international player – but he must do so soon. 13. Luther Burrell: 7 Another reasonably quiet game fr ...
Sportvantgarde's blog.: Rugby:England number eight Billy Vunipola to have scan on ankle injury
Six Nations 2014: England out to exorcise Wales spirit after beating Irish • We are growing in confidence, says Stuart Lancaster • Joe Launchbury 'is unassuming but a *** of a player' Almost the best thing about England's stirring victory on Saturday is the delicious sense of anticipation it uncorks. There will be no grand slams in this year's Six Nations but Wales' visit to south-west London on Sunday week cannot come quickly enough for both tribes. If it is half as good as this outstanding contest, a proper Test in every sense, not even the losers will complain too loudly. Ireland can also still collect the title if they recover from this psychological jolt and see off Italy and France. Whoever ends up on top of the table, however, this was a highly significant outcome for England and an indication of the growing character within Stuart Lancaster's young squad. As recently as three weeks ago they were losing tight games such as this, some core skills faltering under pressure. There was, consequentl ...
no I didn't. did anyone else know this? "Did you know? Faletau could face his two cousins, Mako and Billy Vunipola, in Wales' next match against England. They grew up together in Pontypool after their Tongan fathers moved to Wales."
England back-row forward Billy Vunipola will have a scan on Monday to determine the severity of the ankle injury he sustained in the win over Ireland. The Saracens number eight was withdrawn after 35 minutes of the victory over the Irish at Twickenham and replaced by Ben Morgan. The RFU confirmed...
Billy vunipola will under go scan on ankle ligaments tomorrow..
England 13-10 Ireland 22 February 2014 Updated 18:29 By Tom Fordyce - Chief sports writer England ended Ireland's Triple Crown ambitions and blew the Six Nations title race wide open as they fought back to edge one of the great Twickenham battles. Rob Kearney's beautifully worked try had given Ireland a seven-point lead early in the second half before Danny Care replied with a thrilling score of his own to steal it back. Owen Farrell, who had earlier notched two penalties, then landed the conversion before a titanic final quarter saw both sides reduced to stumbling exhaustion by the relentless pace. With both teams attacking in waves against remorseless defences, Ireland could not work the break nor penalty they needed as the seconds ran out. It meant there would be no happy ending for the peerless Brian O'Driscoll - in his record-equalling 139th Test - on his last appearance at this stadium, and no second Grand Slam with which to garland his final season. But for England - beaten at the death by France a ...
I would much rather get battered by Billy Vunipola than write this essay.
Billy Vunipola is that bored he has had today down.
35 mins England 3-0 Ireland Jonny May with a zig-zagging run, here's Nowell tip-toeing the other way. Men outside him, but one of them is Hartley. Billy Vunipola is down, looks like he's twisted his ankle. Doesn't look good, head in hands, Ben Morgan is on as his replacement.
I'm not entirely convinced that the commentator meant to say Billy Vunipola was a "nice, egregious fella".
Classic commentary 'there's a lot of Billy Vunipola to come down on a fragile joint'. 'They're sending a cart' 'Well you wouldn't want to carry him off, would you!'
Wouldn't see Suarez going down as easily as Billy Vunipola!!!
When billy vunipola goes down and stays down you know it must be serious!!
Big knock for the rest of the tournament! Hope Billy Vunipola is alright!
-SUBSTITUTION ENGLAND- The injured Billy Vunipola comes off for Ben Morgan
3-0 35mins England still on the attack while Billy Vunipola on ground with ankle injury
Six Nations Key Clash Preview: England v Ireland February 21, 2014 This is a potentially championship-defining weekend in the 2014 Six Nations. Should both currently unbeaten sides, Ireland and France, win again, the competition is effectively over. Whilst mathematically England or Wales could catch either of them, it would take a monumental turnaround in fortunes, given that one of Ireland or France would have to lose to one of the wooden spoon candidates, Italy or Scotland. Before everyone’s head starts to hurt too much from the maths, let’s look ahead to Saturday’s salivating encounter at Twickenham. England The hosts have, for the first time in a while, a settled look about them. That said, a crucial cog in the big white machine has had to be replaced, as Dan Cole is ruled out for the rest of the season. Whether he has been overplayed or not, Ireland will be looking to get into his undercooked replacement Davey Wilson, in the hope that they can bring down what has thus far been an impressive uni ...
Billy Vunipola is a rumbustious No 8 and already a talismanic presence for England... But what does he think of his rivals?
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Billy Vunipola wants to play his part in helping England beat Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday and the Australian-born back row is happy to turn to his granddad and Tina Turner for inspiration.
ENGLAND No 8 Billy Vunipola respects Ireland greats Brian O'Driscoll and Paul O'Connell, but that admiration will vanish at Twickenham on Saturday.
Billy Vunipola discusses the importance of his first carry in a Test match Ahead of England's opening home match of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations against Ireland ne...
Impressive! 500m on the Watt bike in 24 seconds. Not a member of an Olympic track cycle team but a 21 stone Rugby player. Billy Vunipola would actually be in 1st place on the Watt challenge with his time had he bothered to log it and could probably make the British cycle sprint team with some coaching and a very strong bike.
England revive title hopes ahead of Ireland tie Sun, 09 Feb | 15:55 Stuart Lancaster © Gallo Images England's comfortable win over Scotland has put them back in contention to win the Six Nations championship, according to coach Stuart Lancaster, but their credentials will face a much tougher test in the next game against leaders Ireland. England recovered from last weekend's last-gasp defeat by France to dominate a woeful Scotland side, a 20-0 scoreline failing to reflect their superiority at Murrayfield The forward pack, led by dynamic No 8 Billy Vunipola and Dylan Hartley's accurate performance at hooker, kept Scotland at arm's length and the backline showed intelligence in conditions not suited to running rugby. "We have put ourselves in contention for the championship," Lancaster said. "Some of our attacking play was excellent considering the difficult conditions and the only disappointment was that we did not score more points in a second half we dominated having led 13-0 at the interval." The clash ...
Here is Jonathan Davies's Six Nations fantasy team. Can I see right. NO WELSH players. Jonathan, there must be something wrong usually he is quite biased to the welsh. Maybe he is embarrassed from the terrible lose wales had on the weekend. Mike Brown (England) ANDREW TRIMBLE (Ireland) Luther Burrell (England) WESLEY FOFANA (France) JONNY MAY (England) JONNY SEXTON (Ireland) Danny Care (England) CIAN HEALY (Ireland) Dylan Hartley (England) MARTIN CASTROGIOVANNI (Italy) PAUL O'CONNELL (Ireland) COURTNEY LAWES (England) PETER O'MAHONY (Ireland) Chris Robshaw (England) BILLY VUNIPOLA (England) Whats your fantasy team?
Another solid performance from Billy Vunipola on Saturday, and what a legacy;.
If taking out basically a mortgage to pay for two tickets to see England beat Scotland doesn't say love, I don't know what does! Had such a great day as Chris Robshaw is beautiful, Billy Vunipola is a walking bus and off course England won.. Twickenham 2015, Chris?? :D
A few observations: England aren't anywhere near clinical enough, and rely on driving mauls far too much. Tom Youngs cannot play international rugby. Billy Vunipola is the real deal. Scotland are rather negative, as rugby teams go. The booing of kickers (of any nationality) has no place in the game. The Ossett Hole Field of Dreams is a better surface to play on than Murrayfield. That was a heck of a win, all things considered.
Billy Vunipola has beasted the Scots today.
Absolutely bossing the scots! Billy Vunipola is some player..i reckon every carry tonight he has made he has beaten the first tackler! Awesome
Im sorry but billy vunipola is class!
Rewatching the England France game. Nyanga and Picamoles were awesome for the French. As was their full back. Lots of possitives for England though. Danny Care gave his best perfomance by a mile. Burrell did well on debut. Lawes was absolutely immense in attack and defence. Brown was class again. Not totally convinced by Billy Vunipola though and Goode does not belong at this level at all.
First of all, why are England finishing games with their weakest team on the field? When the top five teams in the world play each other, there is a 90 per cent chance that with 20 minutes left to play the score will be within five points. England conceded the final try with substitute Alex Goode at full back, sub Brad Barritt (an inside centre) at outside centre and centre Luther Burrell on the wing. Joe Marler was having one of his best games; Danny Care was the catalyst for England's comeback; Dylan Hartley was still launching himself into rucks; and Billy Vunipola was providing crucial yards over the gainline. They were all taken off with significant time remaining. Yes, substitutes Ben Morgan and Tom Youngs had an impact, but when you make changes you can lose your leadership, attacking structure, defensive organisation and composure. Changes should be made for fatigue, injury or tactics. Secondly, who is making the decisions? I saw a string of coaches running up and down the stairs trying to commun ...
The opening match result for England in the Six Nations at the Parc de Stade in Paris ,was always going to be dependent on the temperament of the underrated French Team,whom had not played at their best in the championship in 2013. The end to end scintillating wide and expansive forward play, for England saw a battered team 16-3 down at half-time, pull themselves together to batter France with an excellent opportunistic try by Mike Brown and force the conversions by Owen Farrell in the second half. England looked hungry enough to *** a result with a leading 19-24 with only minutes left. It proved decisive that the French resolve aided by the oval rugby ball lead to superlative tries for Yoann Huget and a masterly winning try by the substitute Gael Fickou gave the `Cockerels' victory 26-24 in this entertainment spectacle : with no cigar for England. I thought that England played well with Danny Care and Billy Vunipola and new cap Luther Burrell (try scorer) outstanding and all will play with less veno ...
France stun England after late try 01 February 2014, 21:18 France snatched a thrilling 26-24 Six Nations victory over England on Saturday thanks to a late converted try by Gael Fickou at the Stade de France. Replacement Fickou broke free on the left wing to cross the line with three minutes left, denying England a famous comeback victory after they had battled back superbly from a 13-point deficit. France, desperate to erase memories of last year's championship when they managed only one victory, stunned England when winger Yoann Huget touched down for the first try after 30 seconds. Huget increased the French advantage with a second try 17 minutes later before three points from Owen Farrell's boot and a Mike Brown try five minutes before halftime gave England hope. The rampaging Billy Vunipola continued to cut through the French defence early in the second half and England deservedly nosed ahead when he set up debutant centre Luther Burrell for the visitors' second try. Danny Care's drop goal made it 21- ...
Billy Vunipola & Danny Care have been outstanding. Vunipola has been a tank all day and care a constant threat. Everyone else have just been passengers!!
Six Nations 2014 Preview: England January 29, 2014 Home ground: Twickenham, London Head coach: Stuart Lancaster Strengths England’s great strength in the past year has been their pack. The biggest positive to come out of the Autumn Series was a consolidation of a unit that proved itself to be amongst the best in the world – the only shame is that it didn’t get to test itself against the bona fide best, South Africa. Real strength in depth is starting to appear. Aside from tighthead, scratch the surface and you will find several layers of quality players. In the front row, Lions Mako Vunipola and Tom Youngs could well find themselves starting on the bench, while the youthful hunger of Jamie George and Nathan Catt is starting to knock on the door too. From the front to the back-row, and the combination of Robshaw and Wood on the flanks is beautifully blended, while at number eight Billy Vunipola will wrestle with Ben Morgan for the starting shirt. In fact, the rudder of the scrum is probably most secu ...
^ Sarries in the new England Senior EPS squad and & in the RBS 6 Nations squad. Congrats to Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton, Alex Goode And Richard Wigglesworth
Haydn Thomas for Exeter Chiefs Official, Billy Vunipola, Jackson Wray, Chris Ashton, all for Official Saracens Page and Jonathan Joseph for Bath Rugby - who's your here:
England! Battered and humiliated after their thumping in the Millennium Stadium against Wales at the close of the Six Nations, England have turned their 2013 around since March with a run of four wins and a single loss to the All Blacks at Twickenham. Three of those four wins came against Argentina - two in South America and one back in south-west London - as Stuart Lancaster's mission to build greater depth to his squad ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup continued. Shorn of a total of 12 players to the British and Irish Lions tour of Australia by the time Brad Barritt, Billy Twelvetrees and Christian Wade had been flown out (and not including Dylan Hartley's suspension), Lancaster was able to let the likes of Marland Yarde, Kyle Eastmond, Billy Vunipola and more get a taste of Test rugby against the Pumas in their own backyard. Winning the a Test series in Argentina for the first time in 32 years is not an accomplishment to be sniffed at. The tour was also a chance for Lancaster to let the likes of Chris ...
Casj walking past Billy Vunipola again in Morrisons LOL
Billy Vunipola (England no.8) is 21, but he's 1.88m and 130kg...and thats after he slimmed down. What do these Tongans eat?
Billy Vunipola returned to Sarries this week, here's what he had to say about his time away with England >
Good opinion piece this week from fan Louise Warr praising Billy Vunipola's start at Sarries and England
I liked a video Emotional Billy Vunipola proud of powerful Twickenham debut
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