"Three-way battle" - Billy Vunipola future remains in doubt with nothing signed - Ruck

“Three-way battle” – Billy Vunipola future remains in doubt with nothing signed

Saracens’ No. 8, Billy Vunipola, is exploring his options in Japan with his future yet to be decided.

According to The Telegraph, Vunipola is expected to stay with Saracens for the next season, forming part of a formidable back-row lineup that includes Tom Willis, Ben Earl, Theo McFarland, and Andy Christie.

However, according to The Rugby Paper, he may join former England coach Eddie Jones in Japan.

They believe that Tokyo Sungoliath, who has a longstanding consultancy agreement with Jones, is the frontrunner to secure Vunipola’s signature.

Their current No. 8, Tevita Tatafu, is set to depart for Bordeaux after this season, and Vunipola is being considered as a potential replacement.

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Although Saracens coach Mark McCall recently reiterated that Vunipola is under contract for the 2023-24 season, his outlook may have changed following the signing of Willis in January.

During Eddie Jones’s tenure as England coach, Vunipola was one of his most trusted players, earning 47 caps under the Australian.

Racing 92 have also been mentioned as possible suitor for Vunipola. However, he is currently focused on recovering from a knee operation to be fit for the upcoming 2023 Rugby World Cup.

“Pool of death” – England and Wales handed nightmare groups in revised Rugby World Cup draw

The latest World Rugby Rankings reaffirm home how ridiculous the Pool Draw for the Rugby World Cup 2023 is.

Decided THREE years before the tournament, the pools for the tournament that starts in September seems extremely unbalanced.

World Rugby has already confirmed they will hold the pool draws for future Rugby World Cups at a later date, closer to the kick-off of upcoming tournaments.

This comes after criticism that the draws were taking place far too early, with world rankings at the time of the draw playing a crucial role in the teams’ seedings.

World Rugby will shake the pool draw up ahead of 2027, according to a report by the Mirror.

“World Rugby said it is able to make the change because of a new ‘hosting model’ that sees the international federation create collaborations with the host union,” the report read.

“The top of the men’s Test game has never been more competitive,” the spokesperson added. “There has never been so much movement over a two-year period.

“Bearing that in mind and noting the format of four pools of five teams, there is arguably no perfect time for a draw.”

As a result, the guys over at Eggchasers Rugby put together their own drawer the 2023 tournament based on the current World Rugby rankings.

Concentrating on only the top 10 countries in the world, it looks significant.

It was very different with England and Wales handed a much sterner test in their pool. Watch the full video here.

POOL A actual draw:

  • France
  • New Zealand

POOL A up to date draw

  • France
  • Australia

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