Billy Vunipola retains England ambition despite ‘honest’ talk with Borthwick

  • No 8 praises how head coach handled his Six Nations omission
  • ‘I’ve been putting in the hard work away from prying eyes’

Billy Vunipola revealed that Steve Borthwick has been “very honest” with him over his England omission for the Six Nations but the Saracens No 8 remains determined to force his way back into the international fold.

After spending most of last season out of Eddie Jones’s plans, Vunipola was recalled for the summer tour of Australia and excelled against the Wallabies, most notably in the backs-to-the-wall second Test win in Brisbane. A difficult autumn campaign followed, however, and Vunipola was the high-profile omission from Borthwick’s first campaign as head coach.

Continue reading...