Billy Vunipola could play for England's fierce rival in just two years - Ruck

Billy Vunipola could play for England’s fierce rival in just two years

England number 8 Billy Vunipola could make the controversial swap to play for the Wallabies in just two years’ time.

The 29-year-old, born in Sydney in 1992, would be free to play for the Aussies when he completes his three-years stand down from international rugby in March 2024.

Vunipola has been exiled from the England setup since the disappointing 2021 Six Nations as Eddie Jones’s patience with the ‘difficult’ back-rower finally ran out.

Winning 61 caps since making his debut in 2013, reports down under suggest Aussie chiefs want to make contact with the powerhouse about a potential swap.

Tonga, who Billy’s Dad Fe’ao played for in the 1990s, also remain keen on the Saracens star.


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#1. Zach Mercer (England to New Zealand)

Making waves in the Top 14 and Europe with Montpellier, Mercer pulling on the famous All Black jersey would be as shocking a switch of nationality that the game has ever seen.

Described as ‘fat and lazy’ by England boss Eddie Jones before his international debut, this would be the ultimate way to prove the Aussie wrong.

The only drawback to the switch is to become eligible for New Zealand he’d have to join one of their Super Rugby sides.

Zach Mercer of England goes over for a try during the Quilter Cup Match between England and Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on May 27. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK


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