England star reveals he wanted Sir Clive Woodward’s men to lose 2003 World Cup final

England rugby star Billy Vunipola has revealed how he wanted the Red Rose to lose the 2003 World Cup final because of his Welsh upbringing.

Extracts from his book, ‘ Wrecking Ball: A Big Lad From A Small Island – My Story So Far’ appeared in the Times on Friday morning.



Vunipola says in the book: “Growing up in Wales, everyone used to hate England. They were the enemy.

“On the day of that World Cup final, I definitely wanted Australia to win. When England won that unforgettable game, I was so angry.

“‘I hate that Wilkinson guy,’ I said to anyone in earshot.”

Billy Vunipola’s new book Wrecking Ball: A Big Lad From A Small Island – My Story So Far is to be published by Headline on September 20 priced £20.
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