Categories: Rugby

Blow For England As Mako Vunipola Absent From Squad For Ireland Clash

Mako Vunipola has not been included in England’s 33-man squad as Eddie Jones’ side begin preparations for the visit of Ireland to Twickenham on Sunday in round three of the 2020 Guinness Six Nations.

The RFU released a squad update this afternoon and it confirmed that Vunipola has travelled back to Tonga due to “family reasons”.

Mako Vunipola

This will come as a major blow to Jones as he now loses one his strongest ball-carriers and with Mako’s brother Billy also unavailable due to injury, England’s power in contact has taken a hit.

In more positive news, Manu Tuilagi has been included in the squad and Jones will hope the Leicester Tigers centre will be fit for Sunday’s visit of Andy Farrell’s side.

33-man England Squad

Forwards

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby)
Ben Earl (Saracens)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Beno Obano (Bath Rugby)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs)

Backs

Elliot Daly (Saracens)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter Chiefs)
Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ollie Thorley (Gloucester Rugby)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Jacob Umaga (Wasps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Apprentice player

Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints)

Sean McMahon @Sean_McMahon89

Sean is Head of Pundit Arena Rugby. Contact him on Twitter here:

Share

Recent Posts

Another Five Of The Best Sporting Documentaries On Netflix Right Now

With the population confined to their houses across the nation, there’s never been a better time to explore some of… Read More

9 hours ago

Roy Keane On The Reasons Why He Rejected The Chance To Join Real Madrid

In November 2005, Roy Keane's career at Manchester United came to an abrupt end. After 12-and-a-half years, 480 games, 51… Read More

10 hours ago

Premier League Season Will Only Return When ‘Safe And Appropriate To Do So’

The Premier League have confirmed that the season will not be returning in May and that the league will only… Read More

11 hours ago

Name Every Top Scorer In Football Championship From Last Decade

Last week, we tested you on your knowledge of the hurling championship's top scorers from 2010 to 2019, now it's… Read More

12 hours ago

Whelan Praises Local Action Following Covid-19 Outbreak In Kinvara

All-Ireland winner with Galway Conor Whelan has praised the actions of his local village Kinvara in containing the spread of… Read More

13 hours ago

Quiz: Name The Top 30 Irish Goalscorers In Premier League History

Irish players have always had a massive part to play in the Premier League ever since it's inaugural season in… Read More

13 hours ago