Vunipola brothers set to give England Six Nations Grand Slam hopes a boost

  • England’s hopes of winning back-to-back Grand Slams have been given a boost
  • Both Mako and Billy Vunipola should be fit for their potential title decider against Ireland
  • Eddie Jones admitted he is likely to experiment against Italy in two weeks time
Eddie Jones has revealed that both Mako and Billy Vunipola should be fit and available for their possible Grand Slam decider against Ireland on the final weekend of the 2017 Six Nations

Billy Vunipola was expected to miss the whole tournament after suffering a knee cartilage injury in England’s Autumn international defeat of Argentina.



“He might get back for Ireland – he’d be pretty useful off the bench, 150kg,” said Jones of Billy Vunipola.

Meanwhile, prop Mako Vunipola is expected to return from a knee ligament injury against Italy, a game where rotation may see captain Dylan Hartley dropped by Jones for the first time during his reign with Jamie George likely coming in.

The Aussie confirmed he will “experiment” against Italy in a fortnight’s time.

“I want to do something a bit different against Italy.” said Jones


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“I want to play differently against them; experiment a bit in how we play…and maybe the team might be different.

“One of the things I would like to do is to develop multiple ways that we can play the game so if we have a game where we want to play a certain way then we have done it once and the players understand and can do it again.

“This is all about building a plan for the World Cup.”

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