"Injury crisis for Steve Borthwick" - Three England back-rowers ruled out - Ruck

“Injury crisis for Steve Borthwick” – Three England back-rowers ruled out

As England head coach Steve Borthwick prepares to name his squad for the fast approaching 2023 Rugby World Cup.


The Saracens No 8 sustained the injury while carrying the ball during his club’s Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final match against La Rochelle in France last month.

After being carried off the field on crutches, Vunipola underwent a scan which confirmed the severity of the injury. Saracens have announced that the 30-year-old will be sidelined for the rest of the 2022-23 season, leaving his World Cup hopes hanging by a thread. 

The younger Vunipola brother’s absence will be a significant blow to both Saracens and England as they will have to navigate the remainder of their campaigns without his formidable presence on the field. 

The loss of Vunipola’s powerful ball-carrying and dynamic play will be keenly felt, and his road to recovery will be closely watched by rugby fans and pundits alike as he works towards regaining his fitness and form.

Billy Vunipola of England in possession ahead of Kazuki Himeno of Japan during the Autumn International Series match between England and Japan at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 12th November 2022 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.