England powerhouse Billy Vunipola explains his latest injury

Billy Vunipola has revealed the reason for his latest injury scare – kicking an Aussie Rules ball.

And the Saracens star, now in South Africa as part of a 34-man England squad, said he initially did not tell his club coaches.

“I trained fully the week before against Wasps (in the play-offs) and I felt really good, but it was my fault,” the powerful number eight said.



“I was doing some AFL kicking and then the hammy went tight before the game

“I didn’t tell the coaches that, but when I came off at half-time against Wasps I told them. I was like, ‘sorry guys, I was doing AFL kicking’. I stitched myself up there.


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“I felt like I was back to normal, and when I feel like I’m back to normal I forget that I was injured and that’s probably why I get injured all the time.

“I had to manage myself a bit better the week after. Now I feel strong again, I had a really good start to the week. Hopefully, next week I will train fully and I will be fine.”

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