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England’s Billy Vunipola set to miss Six Nations with knee injury

  • Billy Vunipola is likely to miss the Six Nations with a knee injury
  • The Saracens number eight picked up the injury during England’s win over Argentina at Twickenham
  • He underwent surgery on Sunday and is not expected to recover in time for the Six Nations
England’s Billy Vunipola is likely to miss the Six Nations with a knee injury which will keep him out of action for up to four months.

The Saracens number eight picked up the injury during England’s win over Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday.

He underwent surgery on Sunday and is not expected to recover in time for the Six Nations, which begin on 4 February.

“Billy’s been absolutely fantastic for England over the last 11 months and we wish him a quick recovery,” Jones told BBC.

“He’s a very influential player in the set-up and there’s no doubt he’ll be missed for the game against Australia.

“But where there is an injury there’s an opportunity for someone else.

“We’ve had five or six front line players missing throughout the series, so I’ve no doubt we’ll adapt and work that little bit harder this week. I’m sure the players will respond to this by going up a level and peak for this game.”

England will play Australia at Twickenham on Saturday in the last of their autumn internationals.

The 24-year-old was also set to be a key figure when Premiership leaders Saracens resume their defence of the European Champions Cup next month.

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