RUMOUR | Billy and Mako Vunipola linked with shock move

England internationals Billy and Mako Vunipola are attracting interest from around the world with Super Rugby clubs the latest to join the race to sign them for next season. 

According to The Rugby Paper, the Saracens duo have never hidden their desire to play in Super Rugby, both born in the Southern Hemisphere, Billy in Sydney, Australia and Mako in Wellington, New Zealand.

Neither brother is yet to commit their futures to Saracens, who will be relegated from the Premiership to the Championship following their salary cap scandal.

Several Super Rugby franchises are thought to have made contact to enquire about their plans for next season, but no formal talks have taken place at this stage.

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If the pair did make the shock move, they would be unavailable for England and would miss the 2020 Autumn internationals and 2021 Six Nations.

However, it would be up to the British & Irish Lions if they wanted to select the pair when they tour South Africa that summer.


RUGBY BROTHERS AT THE 2019 WORLD CUP RANKED

Below, we rank rugby brothers heading to the Rugby World Cup based on a methodology that – if we’re being completely honest – we never really managed to firm up.

Let’s just call it gut feeling, shall we?

RUGBY BROTHERS RANKED:

6. James and Jordon Lay (Samoa)

The pair of loosehead props, who are contracted to Bristol Bears, will be gunning for the same position. Jordan is slightly more experienced with 12 caps to James’ seven. Two very decent scrummagers.

5. Michael and Allan Alaalatoa (Australia/Samoa)

Michael was named in Samoa’s 31-man squad for the tournament in Japan.  Allan, meanwhile, is included in the Wallabies’ squad for the tournament.  The two tighthead props were both born in Sydney where their father is understood to have played club rugby before he himself went on to represent Manu Samoa at the 1991 World Cup. 

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