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Billy Vunipola rubbishes “laughable” reports

  • Vunipola laughs off reports that suggest he said negative things about England
  • The number eight has also been forced to deny that he said Andy Farrell had control of selection
  • England will face Uruguay in their final World Cup game
  • Danny Cipriani and Mike Catt apparently rowed day after fly-half was cut from World Cup squad

England number eight Billy Vunipola has swiftly moved to deny reports saying that he allegedly had said the inclusion of Sam Burgess in the squad caused disruption amongst the players.

The Saracens man took to Twitter to explain that he would never turn against his teammates and what he said was taken out of context.

On the social media platform he said, “I would never say anything negative about the boys or staff. We gave everything we had, just wasn’t enough, and we take all responsibility.”

This is just the latest bit of negative news to come out of the England camp, following losses to Wales and Australia, becoming the first ever host nation not to make it through to the group stages of the World Cup.

It is has been reported that backs coach Andy Farrell and not boss Stuart Lancaster who has been running the team and caused unrest in the side with his preference to former Rugby League star Burgess.

Sources in the camp suggested that the under-fire England boss was keen to select Luther Burrell to start the game, but his decision was eventually overturned by Farrell, who is said to be a big fan of the Bath centre Burgess.

Vunipola, who scored a try in his countries opening game of the tournament, has been forced to deny that Farrell was the one making the selection decisions and the selection of Burgess caused such disruption.

The player, who will miss the rest of the tournament anyway because of an injury, is said to have made the claims during a question and answer session after the Australia game.

He also added on his personal Twitter account, “Hearing some rumours that I’ve been saying negative stuff about England. Laughable! Complete rubbish and I don’t even drink!

“Proud to train and play alongside such great lads and we have to look forward now. Thanks for all of your support.”

There are also reports emerging that there was a training pitch row between Danny Cipriani and attack coach Mike Catt the day before the 31-man squad was announced, with the players backing the fly-half.

England will face Uruguay in their final World Cup game before the full inquest into why the side failed at the tournament can begin.

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