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Billy Vunipola Opens Up On His Decision To Withdraw From The Lions Tour

ST ALBANS, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Billy Vunipola talks during a Saracens media session at Saracens Training Centre on May 9, 2017 in St Albans, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

Billy Vunipola has defended his decision to withdraw from the recent Lions tour of New Zealand, insisting his conscience wouldn’t allow him to go. The England number eight was initially called up as part of the squad to go down under, but he withdrew from the panel after the Premiership season ended to undergo shoulder surgery despite Warren Gatland’s request …

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New Zealand Report Takes A Shocking Swipe At Billy Vunipola For Not Playing Through Injury

Last week’s Lions talk was dominated by the devastating loss of Billy Vunipola to injury. The Saracens man further aggravated his ongoing shoulder injury in his side’s 18-16 loss to the Exeter Chiefs in the Premiership semi-final. The injury was aggravated to such an extent that Vunipola made the difficult decision to get surgery on the issue earlier than originally …

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Sam Warburton Lauds “Brave” And “Mature” Billy Vunipola

Decisions don’t get more difficult than the one Billy Vunipola had to make on Sunday. After watching his older brother make his Lions debut in 2013 and subsequently contributing to a historic Lions series triumph – you could forgive the younger sibling for looking on in envy.  The Saracens man was only 20-years-old at the time and was just about …

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Warren Gatland Has CJ Stander In Mind As A Lions Number 8

2017 British & Irish Lions Tour To New Zealand British & Irish Lions Squad Training, Carton House, Co. Kildare 22/5/2017 Head coach Warren Gatland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

Lions head coach Warren Gatland is in Carton House in Ireland today, as the countdown to the tour of New Zealand rumbles on. There are no major injury concerns, apart from the absence of Billy Vunipola. The Saracens number 8 was the favourite to get the nod for a starting berth, but now Gatland will have to rethink his line-up. …

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Vunipola Injury Opens Door For Intriguing Reshuffle Of The Lions Back Row

British and Irish Lions boss Warren Gatland has been left counting a list of fresh injury worries following the semi-finals weekend in the Aviva Premiership and the Guinness Pro 12. Concerns for loosehead prop Jack McGrath, flanker Sean O’Brien and scrum-half Rhys Webb pale into insignificance however, following the disastrous news yesterday that barnstorming No.8 Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from …

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Lions Dealt A Massive Blow As Billy Vunipola Is Ruled Out Through Injury

EXETER, ENGLAND - MAY 20: Billy Vunipola of Saracens goes down injured during the Aviva Premiership semi final match between Exeter Chiefs and Saracens at Sandy Park on May 20, 2017 in Exeter, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Warren Gatland’s Lions preparations have taken a massive body blow as England number eight has been ruled out with a shoulder injury. BREAKING: Saracens and England back row Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from the @lionsofficial tour to New Zealand due to a shoulder injury — Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 21, 2017 A statement on the Lions’ official website …

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Watch: Billy Vunipola Breaks Ceiling As Saracens Celebrations Kick Off In Dressing Rooms

Saracens

Saracens joined an exclusive club today, becoming the seventh team to win multiple European Cups. Alongside Leicester Tigers, Wasps, Leinster, Munster, Toulouse and Toulon, Sarries now can be considered one of the great European clubs. Their 11-point victory over Clermont Auvergne today was thoroughly deserved, as they fought throughout the game to make history. Although they have a Premiership semi-final …

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Billy Vunipola Was In Complete Awe Over Munster’s Incredible Support In Dublin

Ever since the draw was made for the Champions Cup semi-finals, supporters were excited over a potential match-up between Munster and Saracens in the Aviva Stadium.  Although the match turned out to be a little more one-sided that Munster supporters or neutrals would have wanted, it was still an incredibly engrossing affair. The never-say-die attitude of the Munster team against …

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Taulupe Faletau Laid Down A Serious Challenge To Billy Vunipola At The Weekend

As we enter the business end of domestic competition in both the Aviva Premiership and the Guinness PRO12, there is no shortage of underlying themes in nearly every game that takes place.  Champions Cup qualification, playoff places, performances for Lions selection…It’s all there and it just adds another level of excitement to what has been two very exciting competitions this …

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Brian O’Driscoll Picks His Preferred Lions Starting XV

Brian O’Driscoll has had his say over what he believes is the strongest fifteen available to Lions coach Warren Gatland. O’Driscoll, veteran of four tours and official captain of the 2005 tour of New Zealand, has been running the rule over the players available to Gatland as the Lions embark on a test series against the same opposition this summer. …

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Andy Goode Selects His Lions 37-Man Squad

MAYNOOTH, IRELAND - DECEMBER 07: Warren Gatland, the Lions head coach, faces the media during the 2017 British & Irish Lions Coaching Team Announcement held at Carton House Hotel on December 7, 2016 in Maynooth, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

With the Lions squad announcement drawing ever closer, speculation is sky-high as to which players will get the nod from Warren Gatland. With 37 seats on the plane to New Zealand available, there is going to be a wealth of talent left behind. Former England flyhalf and Pundit Arena columnist Andy Goode has selected the squad he would bring, and …

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England Suffer Significant Injury Blow Before Summer Tour

England coach Eddie Jones will be without one of his major players when the men in white tour Argentina in the summer. Harlequins have today confirmed back rower Jack Clifford will undergo surgery on his shoulder to repair a reoccurring injury sustained earlier this season. The club also said Clifford would be ruled out of the summer tour and he …

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A Potential England Squad To Tour Argentina

With England likely to have a significant number of their players on the Lions tour later this year, coach Eddie Jones has a chance to experiment with some second stringers and new players in a two test series against Argentina in the summer. Eddie Jones’ Current Crop Below we have named a squad of 32 (the same size as the …

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