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Vunipola out for at least four months as he bids to make Japan tour

Billy Vunipola out for at least four months as England No 8 faces race against time to make Japan tour after suffering fourth broken arm

  • Billy Vunipola suffered the fourth broken arm of his career at the weekend  
  • He will miss the Six Nations and is expected to be out for at least four months 
  • Saracens boss Mark McCall has backed Ben Earl to fill the back-row void 

England No 8 Billy Vunipola is not expected to play for more than four months after receiving the full diagnosis on his broken arm.

Vunipola suffered the break — the fourth time he has suffered such an injury — during Saracens’ Champions Cup victory over Racing 92 on Sunday.

It leaves him with a race against time to feature for his club before England’s summer tour of Japan in July.

Billy Vunipola (right) suffered the fourth broken arm of his career at the weekend

Director of rugby Mark McCall said: ‘It ranges from 16 weeks to a lot longer than that.’

McCall, however, has backed rookie England back-row Ben Earl to fill the void.

‘Ben is having a phenomenal season,’ he said. ‘He has just come through this year at the right time. He is exceptional.’

Ben Earl has come through at Saracens and has been backed to fill the void by Mark McCall




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