England have suffered their fair share of injuries ahead of this years Six Nations and with the loss of George Kruis following their clash with France, things were looking bleak.
Now however, according to the Six Nations website, head coach Eddie Jones can welcome back Mako Vunipola into the squad for the crucial tie with Wales in Cardiff.
The 26-year-old prop had been ruled out of action with a knee ligament injury suffered during Saracen’s Champions Cup tie with Sale Sharks on Christmas Eve.
His return to the squad will come as a massive boost for Jones and give him increased strength in the pack as with the loss of Kruis, the Australian coach saw his ball carrying options take a further dent.
Vunipola’s return will certainly ensure England remain a dangerous and powerful unit in the ruck and scrum.
Following their narrow victory over France at Twickenham at the weekend, Jones will be keen to see his charges mount a dominant display in Cardiff, where they have only won 40% of their Six Nations contests in the Principality Stadium.
A loss on Saturday could well see England sacrifice any aspirations of a title defence. Victory however would certainly reinstate them as favourites for glory once again.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena
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