"I'd love to" - Vunipola brothers could swap nations following England snub, two nations interested - Ruck

 “I’d love to” – Vunipola brothers could swap nations following England snub, two nations interested

In a surprising twist, ex-Australia head coach Eddie Jones has voiced his keen interest in witnessing England’s powerhouse player, Billy Vunipola, sport the Wallabies jersey down the line.

The experienced number 8, who was notably left out of England’s Six Nations squad, holds the eligibility to switch nations in 2026, courtesy of his birth in Sydney.

Moreover, Vunipola has the option to potentially represent Tonga, given his parental heritage.

When that milestone arrives, Vunipola will be 33 years old. Jones is steadfast in his belief that Vunipola, whom he sees as a crucial player for England, could potentially take a three-year break from international duty.

This hiatus could serve as an opportunity for him to once again return to international rugby ahead of the 2027 Rugby World Cup.

His older brother Mako’s option to switch allegiance to Tonga exists, unlike Australia, since he was born in New Zealand.

When asked about swapping nations, Mako said” “When I’m with England, I’m proud to be English, but understanding my heritage is Tongan. Whatever I can do to try and help as much as I can; not just with Tonga but the islands, I do.

Mako Vunipola applauds in the direction of the supporters at full-time followinga the Autumn International Series match between England and Japan at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 12th November 2022 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

“Obviously I’d love to play for them, but it’s difficult because it would be unfair to those back on the island; to see myself as an old man coming in and taking that opportunity away from them.

‘It’s a catch-22 really. You’d like to see people not being tied down to one (country) and being able to represent those countries – and they’d be better for it – but you’d also like locals to have the opportunity to make a better life for themselves by playing for their country and on the back of that getting contracts overseas.”

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