Billy Vunipola is confident of being fit for England’s World Cup quarter-final next Saturday despite suffering a twisted ankle against Argentina.
Mako said: “Billy is good. He trained a bit today. He did a bit of hopping yesterday and today he did a bit more. Maybe a bit of running.
“He’s in good spirits and confident he’ll be available for selection, which is good for him. He’s done all his bits with icing and he’s under good care with the physios.”
The younger Vunipola brother – elder brother Mako has just returned from injury himself – is arguably England’s most important player, the only specialist number eight in Eddie Jones’ 31-man squad and a man whose ball-carrying is essential to Jones’ preferred way of playing.