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Mako Vunipola

Mako Vunipola (born 13 January 1991) is a New Zealand born English rugby union player. He plays at Prop for Saracens in the Aviva Premiership.

Tom Youngs Owen Farrell Joe Marler Stuart Lancaster Manu Tuilagi Alex Corbisiero Dan Cole Six Nations Billy Vunipola Geoff Parling New Zealand Danny Care Joe Launchbury Warren Gatland Ben Youngs Gethin Jenkins Alex Goode Irish Lions


Saracens' victory over Harlequins soured by Mako Vunipola's injury scare
McCall: Not serious for Vunipola: Mako Vunipola was withdrawn from Saracens' 40-19 rout of Harlequins at Wembley as…
Injury scare for Lions hopeful Mako Vunipola - Independent.ie
Mako Vunipola taken off with a knee injury as a precaution in Saracens' win v Quins. Mark McCall: 'We don't think it's anything serious'
Warren Gatland 😢 given Lions injury scare as Mako Vunipola limps off in Saracens win over Quins.
44 | Replacement for leaves the field. takes his place in the front row.
There you go. Watch league, acquire the knowledge, then earn 20k a game for England.
Mako Vunipola up and running to help Saracens stay clear of the pack | Sport -
Action Shot | is tackled by Glasgow number 8 Adam Ashe
Mako vunipola hasn't exactly been great
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Mako Vunipola fronts up to harder challenge
19' Brilliant work from in the tackle as wins a scrum in a choke-tackle. Great stuff from the Sarries loosehead. Sar 6 Glas 3
Mako Vunipola reveals secret behind his success: 'I just watch as much rugby league as I can' h…
Mako Vunipola says tough love key to recovery for him and Billy Vunipola via
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Mako Vunipola returns but Saracens suffer second successive defeat at hands of Gloucester.
Mako Vunipola steps up recovery from injury after being named in Saracens starting line-up to face Gloucester…
Mako Vunipola set for 40 minutes against Gloucester after being named in Saracens starting line-up |
England are set to welcome back Mako Vunipola and Anthony Watson from injury for their match vs Italy. ➡️
Lots of work to do, though. and definitely missed! 🌹
what part of England do your family hail from mako?
Good to get the win boys. Well done!! 👍🏼
Ugly game but a win is a win! were missed. Well done to the players on the bench & our 🌹⚫🔴👍
Massively miss and today! The french have put a up a fight and a half!
We're massively missing and Today mind people! Get well soon Boys! 🌹
Looking sloppy. Missing and . Need a big step up second half, France are up for this.
lets see how England go without the best part of40 stone of Vunipola brothers.Mako & Billy have big boots to fill
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Some great players for England but will they have enough dynamism up front without the VUNIPOLI
Excited you'll be Ball tonight. I might persuade U to come to with us
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Saw the big man enjoying a cheeky yesterday. Didn't want to disturb you but wish your recovery all the best.
I like this. So many names to put on. Defo have on there. Top bloke. Also brothers.
Replace Healy with Mako Vunipola and that's my team
England prop Mako Vunipola may join brother Billy on the sidelines for the Six Nations after Saracens director o...
Here's the post-match reaction of Mark McCall. Includes his take on Mako Vunipola injury
Mark McCall on Mako Vunipola injury. "In 4 weeks time Mako will see his consultant and we'll know then how long he'll be out for"
"Eddie Jones keeps sending me texts if I need a nudge". Mako Vunipola believes he can become a "world-class" player.
Oh Brother! Billy & Mako Vunipola become the latest Euro family champs
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We are doing Ok, run one team, but sticking at it thanks. Glad to see you pushed on!
it certainly was. How you guys getting on now?
This was v at our old Glasshouse ground!
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not sure he's as annoying but earlobes remind me of Jar Jar Binks
Massive honour to have shared some great memories with great man on and off the field!
Saracens have changed both props at half time, Mako Vunipola and Juan Figallo both on
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LONDON (AP) — England recalled scrumhalf Ben Youngs, lock Courtney Lawes, and prop Mako Vunipola for the Six Nations match away to Italy
Billy Vunipola and Mako Vunipola commit their futures to Saracens
Billy and Mako Vunipola sign new Saracens contracts
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
Billy & Mako Vunipola have signed contract extensions with Saracens which will keep them at the club until 2019. https:/…
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DTN UK: Saracens brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola pen new contracts until 2019 at Allianz Park: England pair B...
Sarries prop Mako Vunipola roars again Lions pain
Mako Vunipola roaring again for Saracens and targeting England starting spot after Lions pain in Australia . …
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Thank you so much for the autograph
England loosehead is probably Mako Vunipola's job to lose at this point, but Sale's Ross Harrison should be in the squad conversation.
61min | Sarries have a scrum in the Tigers 22. As is replaced by
2 penalty tries for Sarries today. Mako Vunipola went under Dan Cole and the Tigers scrum was firmly stuck in reverse 💨
Action Shot | breaks with the ball in the first half here at
There must be a in London who can offer free treatment to stop him needing to change contacts every game??
Huge congratulations to the Saracens and in particular Mako Vunipola, Billy Vunipola, Owen Farrell, Alex Goode,...
My son Jake with Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell and Jake's Rugby mentor/coach Samuel Lloyd Green...
I'd like to see Mako Vunipola or Cian Healy give it a go...
Billy & Mako Vunipola monstrous today. Kruis & Itoje too. Word for Tom Wood, though. Huge performance in defeat w/ Graham Rowntree watching.
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Three Old Millfieldians named in the England World Cup training squad - congratulations to &
Good luck for the English Squad announcement boys.
Gotta love the flying Fijians they're on fire and nothing looks better!
60min: 17 40. 23 points separating the side's as Bosch is replaced by Taylor, and Mako Vunipola for Rhys Gill
Welsh 17- 21 Saracens, try for Welsh by Chris Elder but Sarries respond through Mako Vunipola. Exeter 8-11 Sale try for Josh Beaumont
Saracens hit back back and punish some tentative Welsh defending as Mako Vunipola goes over...
30min: TRY!! powers over under the posts. converts. 10 21
RuckMe: Vunipola looks for World Cup starting berth: British & Irish Lion Mako Vunipola wants to establish him...
I pity the opposition once the process is complete...
What an awesome development year 2015 has been for Billy Vunipola... and
Mako Vunipola sizes up huge points to prove for Saracens and England
Jonny May and Mako Vunipola didn't play as well as I thought they would tonight but Anthony Watson had a cracking game
Scary that Jonathan Joseph, Christian Wade, Manu Tuilagi, Joe Launchbury and Mako Vunipola are all only 3-6 months older than me.
Mako out of New Zealand tour: Saracens prop Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of England's tour of New Zealand.
Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola add to Stuart Lancasters headaches: Englands Saracens duo injured at Heineken C...
Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola add to Stuart Lancaster’s headaches via
Mark McCall says it's too early to tell if Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell will be fit for Prem final
FROM THE WORLD OF SPORTS David Moyes has sent a letter to Manchester United fans, thanking them for their support. Titled 'a word from the boss'; Moyes says this season has been worse than he imagined, he describes the fans' loyalty as incredible. Manuel Pellegrini has refused to clarify the futures of Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards. Lescott's contract runs out this season and Richard's deal expires at the end of next season. It's reported they'll both leave this summer. Arsene Wenger has revealed Jack Wilshere is feeling down after being ruled out for six weeks with a foot injury. Wenger said: "It is a weight on his mind. He has gone away for a few days to think about something else." Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung has been jailed for six years. He was found guilty of laundering 55 million pounds. He had already resigned from Birmingham's board but Sky understands he has no intention of selling the club. England will need no extra motivation against Wales this weekend, according to Mako Vunipola. ...
my U13 rugby team have got through to the county cup final. I'm making a good luck board. Any words of advice?.
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great to meet you last night. Thanks for stopping for picture and autograph. Hope you had a good night
Big performance from as Saracens edged out last night. Yet more stitches for
What an amazing valentines day courtesy of Danny Cipriani. Meeting players such as Mako Vunipola,Brad Barritt,Henry Thomas,Matt Stevens,Alex Goode,Tommy Taylor and Schalk Brits!!
Great performance from all the team to tough it out tonight, especially &
Mako Vunipola in triple widescreen in the truck. Scary!
Happy birthday kiddo! Don't take it easy on those jokers next w'end
Well done tough game congrats to well earned man of the match
Mako Vunipola was class tonight. Showed why he should be ahead of Marler against Ireland.
Grit and hardwork to get the win. Go Sarries!
Man of the math? He is quite a good rugby player as well :)
2 timestable accomplished. Top of the Sarries class.
He is such a monster of a man as that's a magnum bottle of champagne!
Got full marks for his times tables?
The official MotM award goes to Mako Vunipola, which is more than fair enough.
Congratulations to who is our Man of the Math tonight!
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Sale were showing attacking promise, but manage to knock it on in the dying seconds of the game. Final score: Sale 10 - 15 Official Saracens Page Not a convincing win for Sarries, but they head to top of the table, for now.. as Official Northampton Saints are right on their tail. MOTM goes to Mako Vunipola for some great carries and top notch support in the loose. Watch Exeter vs. Bath on BT Sport 1 tomorrow - 3pm kick off at Sandy Park.
Mako Vunipola still got his Welsh twang!
Am I the only 1 who loves Mako Vunipola's Welsh accent?
73rd min - Barrington on for Mako Vunipola with 7 on the clock. Last push for both teams in what's been a close encounter.
Mako Vunipola should be cited and banned for foul play: took D Peel out off the ball with a leading forearm to the head
Mako Vunipola just took Dwane Peel out with a leading forearm to the head.
Back to tonight with v .Good luck and Erns…
Back to tonight with v .Good luck and Ernst! Perfect weather
England trio Brad Barritt, Alex Goode and Mako Vunipola plus Kelly Brown of Scotland in Saracens team at Sale tomorrow night
Chris Ashton and Mako Vunipola rejoin Saracens from England camp - The Sport Review
Sale's released by England and is available to play this weekend...as are Saracens' Ashton, Barritt, Goode & Mako Vunipola!
Scotland v England: England player ratings February 10, 2014 15. Mike Brown: 8.5 As solid as ever at the back and counter attacked with real purpose. Second try in as many games was a deserved return for the man who never seems to have a bad game. 14. Jack Nowell: 6.5 Built on last week and has that knack of popping up on the shoulder of the ball carrier, which will surely start paying try-scoring dividends at some stage. Showed some lovely footwork to set up Mike Brown for the try that secured England’s win in the second half. 13. Luther Burrell: 6.5 Another try from Burrell who picked a good line on his way to the whitewash, but the fact that no Scottish defender in the first line of defence laid a hand on him tells you more about their defensive disorganisation than anything else. Still feel like there is more to come from him. 12. Billy Twelvetrees: 7 Better from Twelvetrees, who tailored his game intelligently to the conditions – which were awful. Showed that he can make the hard yards with sever ...
Another solid performance from Billy Vunipola on Saturday, and what a legacy;.
Born in Tonga and raised in Wales, Billy and Mako Vunipola are set to become the latest brothers to play for England.
Highlight of yesterdays match was staring at me, and for a full awkward 30 seconds...
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also..is doing a Rock impersonation? 'Can you smell what we've been cooking'
it's literally like us putting mako Vunipola at 13 and calling it a clever tactic. He's heavier than Castrogiovanni
Mako Vunipola was not happy when the Scotland fans were booing Owen Farrell when he was kicking yesterday
0-20 65mins For Eng, Dave Attwood for Launchbury & Mako Vunipola for Marler
Glory to You, Heavenly Father for Viliami Vunipola and Mako Vunipola. You bless us and answer our fervent prayers, not for our sake but for Yours alone..Absolutely, Yours and yours alone.
Great rugby from Mako Vunipola today. Northern lad, obvs. Well, North Island, NZ, anyway...
Morgan, Youngs and Mako Vunipola have been immense.
Mako Vunipola.lovely english name and a Bristol boy to boot. Come on big man, keep crashing like that and break them frogs!!
Will someone tell Mako Vunipola he's not a prop forward. England's front row will lose this yet.
And on comes Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola already on, I suspect the French line is about to get a battering!
16-18 51mins Desperate changes from France while Mako Vunipola on for Joe Marler
England names team to play France in Six Nations January 30, 2014 Stuart Lancaster has announced his team to take on France this weekend in the opening round of the Six Nations. As expected the team has a very youthful, and inexperienced, feel to it, with two debutants in the backline, and another player with just one cap. Luther Burrell and Jack Nowell are the new caps, while Jonny May joins them with the one he won against Argentina over the summer. The pack almost picks itself, with the only slightly contentious call the selection of Joe Marler over Mako Vunipola – presumably to shore up the scrum a bit. There is no recognised fly-half replacement on the bench, meaning if Farrell were to get injured either Billy Twelvetrees or Alex Goode would be forced into action there – a big ask considering they are both reasonably inexperienced in the role, certainly at international level. England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We can’t wait for Saturday. We’ve had a good two weeks and all the playe ...
Nowell and 'Luther Burrell' will make their England debuts in Saturday's Six Nations opener against France. There are four changes in all from the side that lost [30 - 22] to New Zealand at Twickenham in November. Gloucester winger Jonny May will win his second cap at Stade de France, while Harlequins' Danny Care has been recalled at scrum-half. Quins' Joe Marler retains his place at loose-head prop ahead of Mako Vunipola.
England vs France My Line-up 1. Joe Marler - I feel that a solid scrum will be what gives the edge over les blues. He has shown to be a stronger scrummager than Vunipola who would be better in a ball-carrying role. Although I think that Stuart Lancaster will go with Mako Vunipola. 2. Dylan Hartley - Has over 50 caps now so his experience will be key. He is in-form at the moment and can make big hits to prevent players such as Louis Picamoles. 3. Dan Cole - Consistent player who has no Real competition because of the injury to Wilson. Will do the dirty work and cause turnovers. As a big lump he is useful in defence 4. Joe Launchbury - At 22 he has a great international future ahead of him. He covers ground immensely well and like Cole will turn balls over for fun! He is a very good all-round player. 5. Courtney Lawes - Big tough tackling monster! Like Hartley will help to grind down the French with big hits. In the Autumn Internationals Lawes was given the responsibility of making the line-out calls. This ...
Heineken Cup: Sunday Results Get all the latest news and chats on www.ruggaworld.com Toulouse triumphed 21-11 over Saracens in their key European Cup Pool Three clash at Stade Ernest Wallon on Sunday to book their place in the quarterfinals. Earlier, Leinster came back from 0-14 down to secure a 29-22 win over French champions Castres while Northampton Saints saw off Ospreys 29-17 to keep their play-off hopes alive. We look at Sunday’s action! Ospreys 17-29 Northampton Saints Northampton Saints kept up the pressure on Pool One leaders Leinster with a hard-fought win over the Ospreys. Three second-half tries, including a superb individual effort from Wales wing George North, maintains the Saints in second place in the group after Leinster's win in Castres. The Ospreys' defeat means they stay bottom of the pool with just a solitary victory going into the final round of matches. The scorers: For Ospreys: Tries: Webb, AW Jones Cons: Biggar 2 Pen: Biggar For Northampton Saints: Tries: North, Pisi, Dickson C ...
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^ 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
News: Leicester Tigers have brought back Mathew Tait for their 10th round Aviva Premiership match away to Saracens at Allianz Park. Tigers make a first-ever trip to Allianz Park with Tait back in the No15 shirt for the first time this season after returning from an ankle injury. Director of rugby Richard Cockerill makes a number of changes to the squad following two physical contests with Montpellier in the Heineken Cup and in line with the England Elite Player Squad agreement. Matt Smith comes in at centre and Ryan Lamb starts at fly-half. Changes in the forwards include the return of Boris Stankovich to the front row and Ed Salter at lock while Argentina international flanker Pablo Matera gains a first start for the club. Terrence Hepetema returns from injury to claim a place among the replacements. Saracens have won their last seven matches in all tournaments, and have topped the Aviva Premiership Rugby table since the end of round 2. The Londoners have played fourteen games at their new Allianz Park v ...
Can anyone explain why I'm always seeing Mako Vunipola just milling about on nights out in Hull?
So I'm at a club right in hull and I just saw mako vunipola unbelievable
I never knew Mako Vunipola played rugby for west Wales. Bloody ***
Final score Saracens 51 - 10 Scarlets and good to meet Mako Vunipola after the match
Billy and Mako Vunipola are just the best.
England announces team to play New Zealand November 14, 2013 Dylan Hartley will win his 50th England cap against New Zealand in Saturday’s QBE International at Twickenham Stadium. First capped in 2008, Hartley will start in a XV showing one change from that which started against Argentina last Saturday with Dan Cole replacing David Wilson at tight-head prop. There are two other changes to the 23, Matt Mullan coming on to the replacements’ bench in place of the injured Alex Corbisiero, while Ben Youngs returns in place of Danny Care. England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s a great achievement for Dylan to reach 50 caps. We are a young side but one that is growing with every game and it’s important to have leaders like Dylan. “We have had some enforced changes with Alex Corbisiero and Mako Vunipola unavailable and we have been unable to consider a number of players due to short and long term injuries. But we are ready for the challenge of playing a top quality side in New Zealand and are ...
England Coach Rowntree: We Can Beat All Blacks England forwards coach Graham Rowntree believes his players have measure of the All Blacks pack going into this weekend's crunch test in London and that victory "is within our reach". When the BBC asked Rowntree if the Kiwi pack "were there for the taking?", the man with the famous cauliflower ears didn't blink. "Yes, we believe so," he declared.  "But we'll be focusing on ourselves. We get ourselves up to the potential we can play at, and I'm sure we'll be a match for anyone. "I know there is a lot to come from this England group, and they are super-excited about this game at the weekend." The former English prop believes the current group of forwards are the best he has had charge of. "I am confident in that ... and they all know they have more to come." Rowntree believes a repeat of last year's 38-21 upset at Twickenham is possible. The All Blacks are looking for a perfect year, winning all 13 tests so far in 2013 with just England and Ireland to play. E ...
England have been struck by a trio of injury-enforced withdrawals for Saturday's QBE International against New Zealand headed by confirmation that Alex Corbisiero has been ruled out. The injury crisis at loosehead prop has deepened with Corbisiero joining Mako Vunipola on the list of absentees, while wings Marland Yarde and Christian Wade have conceded defeat in their fitness battles. It is the loss of Corbisiero, a star of the British and Irish Lions' tour to Australia, to a recurring knee problem that will be felt most acutely and England will be hoping desperately that Joe Marler is given the green light to face the All Blacks.
England call up Wasps prop Matt Mullan as cover for Mako Vunipola ahead of Saturday's match with New Zealand at Twickenham.
Wasps prop Matt Mullan is set to be named on the England bench for Saturday's Test against New Zealand after Alex Corbisiero was ruled out with a knee injury. Corbisiero has joined Mako Vunipola on the injury lost ahead of England final Test of the year, leaving Joe Marler as the only senior looseh...
Matt Mullan in line for bench duty, Ben Youngs replaces Danny Care in 23. Christian Wade & Mako Vunipola already out.
England prop Mako Vunipola is out of Sunday's Test against New Zealand with a knee injury.
SkySportsEngland will again be without Saracens prop Mako Vunipola for Saturday's QBE international against New Zealand due to a knee injury. The Saracens man missed the 31-12 defeat of Argentina on Saturday after straining a cruciate ligament and will…
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England v Argentina: England player ratings November 11, 2013 15. Mike Brown: 6.5 None of the fireworks from last weekend, but still a solid performance from Brown. Has an astute understanding of space that seemingly means he is always in the right place at the right time. 14. Chris Ashton: 5 His stats looked good, and reflected a high work-rate, but there were too many errors and missed opportunities for Ashton to warrant his place in the team next weekend, if a replacement is available. He scored a try (that arguably could have been ruled out had it gone to the TMO), and butchered a one-on-one that he should have finished. He was also stepped far too easily in defence. Better, but not good enough. 13. Joel Tomkins: 5.5 Solid but unspectacular again from Tomkins. Made his tackles but does not look dangerous with ball in hand, and has been unable to get his offloading game going. Looking like merely a custodian of the shirt while Tuilagi is away. 12. Billy Twelvetrees: 7 Much better from Twelvetrees, part ...
Mako Vunipola has been ruled outof England's concluding November Test against the All Blacks at Twickenham.
So that's 4 changes in total with Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Marland Yarde and Mako Vunipola all out
England prop Alex Corbisiero is poised to return to the side for Saturday's Test against Argentina as Mako Vunipola is ruled out.
England’s 23 for Australia: has Lancaster got it right? October 30, 2013 On Tuesday night, Stuart Lancaster announced his 23-man squad to take on Australia in the opening match of the QBE Internationals, and selection debates which have been ongoing for the last month have finally been put to bed. Thanks to injuries to stalwarts such as Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt, and the impressive form of a number of players on the cusp of the England’s first XV, this selection has felt like one of the most highly anticipated in recent years. The losses of both Alex Corbisiero (knee) and Geoff Parling (concussion) to injury have come at a bad time, but the silver lining is that both players are expected to recover in time for England’s second test of the series, when they take on Argentina at Twickenham. They also both play in positions of depth for England, and although they will be missed, there are other areas of the squad where injuries would arguably be more impactful. Mako Vunipola will be eager to replic ...
Alex Corbisiero returns to the Official Lions Rugby test side for the third and deciding test! Geoff Parling and George North retain their places for the Sydney showdown. Alun Wyn Jones will lead the side. Manu Tuilagi is amongst the replacements alongside Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell. The team shows 6 changes from the second test.
Best of the Weekend: Advantage Australia Posted on Jul 1, 2013 second test The British and Irish Lions will have to wait another week for an opportunity to make history, after they suffered the closest of defeats, losing 16-15 to Australia in Melbourne. Five penalties from Leigh Halfpenny were not enough to defeat a fired up Australian side, who were victorious thanks to the boot of Christian Leali’ifano, and the solitary try of the game from Adam Ashley-Cooper. Loosehead prop Mako Vunipola came under scrutiny early on in the scrum, with referee Craig Joubert pinging the Saracens player on a couple of occasions, whilst ignoring the vociferous calls that the Australian pack was driving early. The Lions scrum looked to adapt however, and grew in confidence throughout the game, with Adam Jones in particular impressing at tighthead, before his replacement Dan Cole exonerated some of his demons from the first test, scrummaging powerfully in his cameo. The lineout didn’t function as well as it had in the fi ...
Fakafeta for positive reporting! from the Telegraph uk. LIONS 2013: No winners in this scrum lottery by Brian Moore There is nothing like a defeat to expose the fault lines inherent in any British and Irish Lions. The Lions 16-15 loss to Australia on Saturday saw the English player Mako Vunipola singled out for criticism, so much so that after 20 minutes some fans and pundits were screaming for him to be removed from the field and replaced by Ryan Grant. What the screamers did not and still do not understand is that in the same way Vunipola fell foul of referee Craig Joubert when the Australians scrummaged illegally, the reverse applied at later scrums. If critics condemn Vunipola for penalties gained by his opponent, they cannot, if they want to have any credibility, refuse to praise him for penalties given against his opposite number. My view that the two early penalties against Vunipola were nonsense is shared by former international props Paul Wallace and David Flatman. At one, Ben Alexander bored in ...
Australia v Lions Second Test: Preview and Prediction Posted on Jun 28, 2013 After last week’s nerve-shredder in Brisbane, the sea of red rolls into Melbourne for the second and potentially series-defining test. If the first test was tense, this could be on another level. Both sides have made changes, enforced or otherwise, so there will be some new combinations on show. British and Irish Lions Warren Gatland has shown his ruthless side in making five changes to the side that won last weekend, with only two of these due to injury. Mako Vunipola comes onto the loose-head side of the scrum for the injured Corbisiero, with Geoff Parling in the engine room for Paul O’Connell. This should have a positive impact in the loose, with Vunipola’s rampaging ball-carrying, and at the line-out, where Parling is one of the shrewdest operators around. In the back row Dan Lydiate fills Tom Croft’s boots, possibly showing Gatland’s fear that without O’Connell and Corbisiero the pack is a bit lightweight – Lyd ...
Lions Squad Analysis for 2nd Test Posted on Jun 27, 2013 The old adage goes that ‘you should never change a winning team’ but clearly this message has been lost on Warren Gatland, who has made five changes to his test XV ahead of the second test on Saturday. In the forwards, Mako Vunipola and Geoff Parling have replaced Alex Corbisiero and Paul O’Connell, both of whom are injured, and Tom Croft, who drops to the bench, has been replaced by Dan Lydiate. In the backs, Ben Youngs and the fit-again Tommy Bowe are preferred to Mike Phillips and Alex Cuthbert, with the winger dropping to the bench at the expense of Sean Maitland. Vunipola was unlucky to miss out on a starting role in the first test after his imperious form in the warm-up games, but ultimately the decision to opt for Corbisiero, a more proficient scrummager, proved to be the right call. The question now is whether or not Gatland should have selected Ryan Grant, who takes his place on the bench, ahead of Vunipola, with the latter resuming h ...
Warren Gatland has picked his Lions XV. England prop Alex Corbisiero was the surprise inclusion in the British and Irish Lions team named for Saturday's opening Test against Australia.Mako Vunipola was expected to start at loosehead having impressed on the tour to date, but he must settle for a plac...
Ryan Grant to be called on for Melbourne Test? Posted on Jun 26, 2013 Lions coach Warren Gatland has food for thought after Ryan Grant’s solid performance yesterday against the Melbourne Rebels– making it unclear whether Mako Vunipola will be first choice for the loosehead prop shirt. Mako Vunipola was, for many, the natural replacement for injured Alex Corbisiero but after the Lions’ scrum dissolved just after half-time in the first Test with the replacement front-row coming on, the Lions head coach might need to rethink. Many of the ‘second string’, including Sean O’Brien and Manu Tuilagi, laid a marker down in yesterday’s 35-0 win and in the engine room Grant stated his case for inclusion. The man from Fife scrummaged well – albeit against less testing opposition – and if Gatland is picking his second Test side for the same reasons as the first, then Grant’s performance at the set piece would merit his inclusion over Vunipola. Grant also impressed in open play, carrying the ball fiv ...
I thought I'll do some homework because apparently there has been a rugby match played some point today. Not known anything about rugby I thought I'll find information about the so called "THE LIONS" This team is made up from the best players from England Ireland Scotland and Wales. Even with access to the whole of the British Isles it seems a little dip in to New Zealand didn't go a mess. With names like "Manu Tuilagi" & "Mako Vunipola". It's nice see the British still have a sense of humour. With "Alex Cuthbert" couldn't find "Dibble or Grubb".
Manu Tuilagi has lost his battle to recover from a shoulder injury in time for the British Lions first test against the Wallabies in Brisbane tomorrow night. However, there will be at least two NESIANS on the bench for the Lions, prop Mako Vunipola (Tongan) and wing Sean Maitland (Maori/Samoan).
Lions vs Australia 1st Test – 5 Key Battle Areas Posted on Jun 20, 2013 With both the Lions and Australia teams now selected and confirmed, it’s time to look ahead to the key areas which will decide who ultimately emerges victorious from the first test in Brisbane. Set Piece One of Warren Gatland’s hardest selection decisions must have been giving Alex Corbisiero the nod at loosehead over Mako Vunipola. Vunipola has been superb so far on tour, and although you can only play the opposition in front of you, which Vunipola did magnificently, Corbisiero is a proven scrummager against the best in the world, and should help give the Lions an edge in the scrum. The selection of Tom Youngs at hooker may have surprised some, especially given that Richard Hibbard is widely regarded as the stronger scrummager of the pair, but Hibbard’s poor lineout throwing has not gone unnoticed, and Gatland clearly doesn’t perceive Youngs to be as weak a scrummager as some would have you believe. With the impeccable Adam ...
Lions: L Halfpenny; A Cuthbert, B O'Driscoll, J Davies, G North; J Sexton, M Phillips; A Corbisiero, T Youngs, A Jones; AW Jones, P O'Connell; T Croft, S Warburton (c), J Heaslip. Reps: R Hibbard, M Vunipola, D Cole, G Parling, D Lydiate, B Youngs, O Farrell, S Maitland. Eight Welsh players will be in the Lions first Test starting line-up to face Australia on Saturday, after Warren Gatland revealed his picks earlier today. Sam Waburton will captain the side in the No.7 jersey and he is joined by full-back Leigh Halfpenny, wings Alex Cuthbert and George North, centre Jonathan Davies, scrum-half Mike Phillips, second row Alun Wyn Jones and prop Adam Jones. The only surprise was the inclusion of Englishman Alex Corbisiero at loosehead, Mako Vunipola having been expected to get the nod butu having to make do with a place on the bench. That's the situation too for hooker Richard Hibbard, who has lost out to in-form Tom Youngs for the No.2 jersey. Hibbard and blindside Dan Lydiate are the Welshmen among the rep ...
in my opinion as a avid rugby fan my starting 15 for the lions v australia should be the following: 15: Leigh Halfpenny, 14: Simon Zebo, 13: Brian O' Driscoll, 12: Manu Tuilagi, 11: George North, 10: Johnny Sexton 09: Mike Phillips, 01: Mako Vunipola, 02: Tom Youngs, 03: Adam Jones, 04: Geoff Parling, 05: Paul O'Connell, 06: Tom Croft, 07: Sam Warburton (c) 08: Jamie Heaslip... * This is take into account jamie roberts not being fit on saturday and also i think Justin Tipuric should be playing over Sam Warburton but sam is the captain so not going to happen.. Come on U Lions!
1442:TENNIS Play has been suspended on Eastbourne's Centre Court with Li Na leading Alize Cornet 6-2 3-2 after a spectator was taken ill. Medical staff are on their way to the incident. Matches continue elsewhere, with Elena Baltacha having just beaten Kristyna Pliskova 7-5 7-6. Caroline Wozniacki went through earlier and could potentially meet Laura Robson in round two, three weeks after beating the Briton at the French Open. "I'm sure she likes the grass better than the clay," says the Dane. 1439:QUESTION OF SPORT Today's Question of Sport Teaser from Name the three 2013 Lions players who have all the letters in LION somewhere in their name? Answers: Brian O'Driscoll, Geoff Parling and Mako Vunipola. 1435: FOOTBALL Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of striker Nicklas Helenius from Danish club Aalborg BK on a three-year deal. 1430: LATEST Cesc Fabregas has reiterated that he has not received any offers from any clubs to tempt him away from Barcelona, reports Sky Sports. The former Arsenal man has be ...
You can check updated stats of the Lions players here: Mako Vunipola and Tom Youngs highest tackling rate of d tou
Lion Vunipola impresses legend Price: Mako Vunipola can plug the Lions gap caused by injuries to Gethin Jenkins...
Due to Gethin Jenkins injury, Mako Vunipola starts at prop against the Reds tomorrow.
Cian Healy out,Gethin Jenkins is also injured. Worrying time for lions. Mako Vunipola best stay fit, playing his 3rd game in a week!
Mako Vunipola will start at loosehead tomo as Gethin Jenkins has calf injury. Cian Healy out of tour, Scot Ryan Grant called up
Dan Cole called onto the Lions bench to face Gethin Jenkins ruled out with calf strain, Mako Vunipola starts
BREAKING NEWS: Gethin Jenkins out with calf injury; Mako Vunipola starts. Cian Healy going home & Scotland's Ryan Grant in
Alex Corbisiero has been called up to the Official Lions Rugby squad. Could he and Mako Vunipola feature in the starting front row of the first test against Australia Rugby?
If I had a pound for everytime Miles Harrison says Mako Vunipola has great soft hands for a big man,I'd have a Cape Town home in Bishops..
I liked a video Andy Farrell on Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell's Lions selection
Congratulations to Owen Farrell, Mako Vunipola and Matt Stevens after being named in the 2013 British Lions squad
Mako Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi as British as they come!
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how can Ben Youngs get in the squad and not care. how can Mako Vunipola get in ahead of Joe Marler and what about robshaw
Good luck to the boys playing tomorrow Alex Goode
End of a tough week of training. Looking forward to the match tomorrow. Good luck lads
Toby Faletau braced for family affair with England's Mako Vunipola - Rugby News - Rugby from
The bury boy on the bench.at least he will be on the pitch come the final whistle to experience the grand slam.
Mako Vunipola has been named as replacement for England's decider against Wales and hopes to face Jones:
Interesting that England have gone for Joe Marler at loose-head prop. I guess saving Mako Vunipola as an impact off the bench.
England make 4 changes for Saturday's Six Nations with Wales in Cardiff. No Flood, Danny Care, Mako Vunipola or James Haskell.
Big call on Joe Marler back instead of Vunipola on Saturday.Not sure what Mako did wrong.Fear that Adam Jones will crucify him.
Toby Flood, Danny Care,James Haskell & Mako Vunipola all drop to the bench. Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling & rep Courtney Lawes all fit
Billy Vunipola "We’d starve ourselves not having breakfast or lunch, then come home & eat junk food"
“Me and are having a baby girl hope she has Sarah's genes! congrats buddy
Huge reverse pass from as he strolls to victory over in the passing challenge
Do you believe big His mate clearly isn't sure...
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Listening to Mako Vunipola talk in his Welsh accent makes me sad.
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If or were anywhere near by you wouldn't get a look in!
Vunipola: England have to radically improve to stand a chance against Wales - Daily Mail
Six Nations: Mako Vunipola says England have to improve to beat Wales: Mako Vunipola admits England have 'no c...
Six Nations 2013: Mako Vunipola warns England stand 'no chance' of beating Wales with repeat performance of It...
Rugby News Mako Vunipola said England need a massive improvement if they are to beat Wales...
You did well big man, Italy were at their best and we all know we had good chances. GREAT early scrums AND they stayed up
Six Nations: Step it up or we won’t win Grand Slam, says Vunipola: Mako Vunipola says England will  have “no c...
Very well played yesterday Mako, what an amazing pass too!
Mako Vunipola: 'We would have lost against Wales'
missed it coz I away in the South Island all wknd but recorded it to watch when I get home. Lookn fwd to it!
good stuff today Mako,see you in Cardiff👊
u played well Mako. fulfilled your first start
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Great to see a former boy out there starting. Congrats!
surely you have to start against Wales. Best forward today!
great game today!! Earned your spot next week against Wales in my opinion.
Well done and well played for your first start for England
awesome game today man. Hope you get many more starts
played good against Italy today well done lad
I thought was awesome today. Loved him when he was and it was great to see him mixing it for England
played well bro! Maybe see you next weekend if you're in Cardiff!!
England replacements: Ben Youngs for Danny Care, Joe Marler for Mako Vunipola. Italy rep: Tobias Botes for Gori
Luke McClean sounds about as Italian as Mako Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi sound English...
Manu Tuilagi and Mako Vunipola both belting out the English national anthem. Proud to be adopted Englishmen. Respect.
Mako Vunipola expected to be awarded first Test start when Stuart Lancaster names team
Mako starts as Lancaster rings the changes for Italy: Stuart Lancaster has handed prop Mako Vunipola his first...
Mako Vunipola will make his first start for England in Sunday's Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham Stadium
First England start for graduate Mako Vunipola, while Freddie Burns comes onto bench with Owen Farrell ruled out for Italy match
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Mako Vunipola to make first England start in Sunday's RBS Six Nations game v Italy. Five changes - Toby Flood replaces Owen Farrell
Danny Care, Toby Flood, Mako Vunipola and Billy Twelvetrees could all start against Italy. Perhaps David Strettle should as well.
NEWS: Owen Farrell only 50/50 for Italy match. Likely Toby Flood, Mako Vunipola & Danny Care to start
Brian morre loves high lighting these France players that were not born in France. What about Manu Tuilagi, Mako Vunipola and Bradley Barritt yes true English men!
Three replacements for England: Tom Youngs for Hartley, Mako Vunipola for Marler and James Haskell for Lawes 52min
Ben Youngs takes ownership of player cam for this week's O2 Inside Line and Owen Farrell and Mako Vunipola get chatty in team mates. As the team builds up to...
England scrum half Danny Care gets the only try for English champions Harlequins in their 25-21 home win over Leicester Tigers to hold onto top spot in the Aviva Premiership. Meanwhile, England prop Mako Vunipola bulldozes over for two tries in Saracens' 31-11 home win over Exter Chiefs to close gap to two points at the top of the table.
but they are from Ireland! Does Mako Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi sound English to you
Great win away from home! & great options all day. awesome workrate.
similar game to yesterday where win was important to both sides. Proud to and first coach
Hope people congratulate me on my first international cap.
Mako Vunipola, beautiful British name from the Tongan meaning stranded by my dad
Why's Mako Vunipola wearing white bermuda shorts?
I also think Mako Vunipola is a close second
6-6 58mins ROG equalises the score while Mako Vunipola comes on for Joe Marler
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Mako Vunipola is definitely a 40 year old Indian man
Why are Mako Vunipola's shorts always so long?!
Mako Vunipola looks like 40 and he's 22..
Not sure if anyone will be jealous/impressed by this, but I once kissed Mako Vunipola in
ENGLAND vs IRELAND...MAKO VUNIPOLA and MANU TUILANGI for england
Good luck boytjies and Goody...Carve up brothers..
Big good luck to the boys playing Ireland. Looking forward to watching. Go well
Good luck to the lads playing Ireland today
Good Luck to boys today on England Duty!
A message to Owen Farrell, Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Brad Barrit and Mako Vunipola: come back we need you! Bad performance today.
Can't believe it's only 2 years since we watched you in the U20s. Will be in Dublin on Sunday: hope you get some game time ..
Billy Twelvetrees keeps his place in England's starting XV for Sunday's Six Nations match against Ireland, with Manu Tuilagi on the bench.
Hartley ,Mako Vunipola, Wilson, Lawes, Waldrom, Flood, Care, Tuilagi...not short of power off their bench. 12trees starts again
Just had a cracking training session with 's dad Fe'ao. Quality!!!
South Glos schools speak of pride after former pupils and play in Six Nations:
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"Billy Vunipola - who was born in Sydney to Tongan parents, grew up in Wales & is the brother of England prop Mako"
Six Nations Preview and Prediction: England Home ground: Twickenham, London Coach: Stuart Lancaster Strengths: One of England’s great strengths is the structure they bring to their game. They may not have the counter-attacking ability of the French, but they have a way of building the phases until they find themselves in a dangerous position. Whilst they haven’t always possessed the composure necessary to finish teams off when in these positions, it is encouraging nevertheless that they are getting themselves there. They also have the makings of a world-class front five. If all fit, a line-up of Corbisiero, Hartley, Cole, Parling and Launchbury would truly be up there with the best. All these players have plenty of years at the top level left in them, and with the likes of Tom Youngs and Mako Vunipola breaking onto the scene the future looks rosy in this area. Dan Cole has confirmed himself as one of the pre-eminent tight heads in world rugby; Geoff Parling is as astute a line-out operator as anyone a ...
World Sports News Clark, Twelvetrees get England rugby call England head coach Stuart Lancaster has included uncapped pair Calum Clark and Billy Twelvetrees in his 33-man squad for the Six Nations, which starts on February 2. Northampton forward Clark returns to the England fold after serving a 32-week ban for breaking an opponent's elbow last year. Joe Launchbury, Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola and Freddie Burns have also been promoted to the senior squad after making an impact in England's end-of-year internationals. Lancaster, who also announced a 32-man squad for the second-string Saxons team, said: "The fact that we have spent significant time deliberating over quite a few players shows how tough the competition is to get into this 65 and the strength in depth that is emerging. "We have made some changes to both squads and we feel that reflects the players' form during the first half of the season. "There will undoubtedly be movement between the two squads as we go through the RBS 6 Nations and that was e ...
Joe Launchbury, Tom Youngs 7 Mako Vunipola are officially promoted, and James Haskell is preferred to Phil Dowson
Joe Launchbury, Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Freddie Burns all promoted into England elite squad
Why no Manu Tuilagi or Chris Ashton in your Lions Squad? And Mako Vunipola over Dan Cole? And you're a journalist!
John Smit has tipped his Saracens team-mates Mako Vunipola and Owen Farrell to have bright futures for England
Some good old English names in the line-up today as England RU took on Fiji. Manu Tuilagi, Ugo Monye and Mako Vunipola
Eng v Fiji. Mako Vunipola on for Joe Marler after 46 min. Debut for the Saracens prop.
Mako Vunipola - Millfield School - comes on to make his debut for the injured Joe Marler
Mako Vunipola's on for his England debut in place of Joe Marler who looks to have taken a knock
Head coach Stuart Lancaster also names uncapped pair Joe Launchbury and Saracens prop Mako Vunipola on the bench
Mako Vunipola Owen Farrell, Brad Barritt, Chris Ashton and Alex Goode start for Sarries against Northampton. Botha on bench
Only one potential new graduate in England's squad in Mako Vunipola, although eight existing graduates retained by Stuart Lancaster.
'Fit not fat' - Stuart Lancaster believes Mako Vunipola is ready for England via
Four Old Millfieldians in England rugby squad for autumn internationals: Anthony Allen, Jonathan Joseph, Chris Robshaw and Mako Vunipola
Who is England new boy Mako Vunipola?: Stuart Lancaster has promoted Saracens prop Mako Vunipola from the Englan...
Mako Vunipola and Tom Youngs are set for England call-ups as Stuart Lancaster prepares to name squad for autumn Tests.
England coach Stuart Lancaster has called up Mako Vunipola,via ; of the Kuhzin :')
Mouritz Botha, Mako Vunipola, David Wilson and Tom Youngs. These players should not be near the England squad
Mako Vunipola, the Saracens prop, is set to complete a meteoric rise in what is his first full season in the Premiership by making his England debut in the QBE international series next month.
Mako Vunipola to be called up to England squad for autumn internationals: England head coach Stuart Lancaster wi...
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