Billy Vunipola

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Billy Vunipola
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Birth nameViliami Vunipola
Date of birth (1992-11-03) 3 November 1992 (age 26)
Place of birthSydney, Australia
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight130 kg (20 st 7 lb; 290 lb)[1]
SchoolThe Castle School
Harrow School
Notable relative(s)Feʻao Vunipola (father)
Mako Vunipola (brother)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number 8 / Blindside Flanker
Current team Saracens
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2013
2013–
Wasps
Saracens
41
86
(20)
(95)
Correct as of 10 September 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012
2013–
England U20
England
4
36
(5)
(30)
Correct as of 17 June 2018

Billy Vunipola (born Viliami Vunipola 3 November 1992) is a professional rugby union player who plays at number 8 for Saracens in the English Premiership and for the England national team.

Early life[edit]

Vunipola was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to Tongan parents,[2] but moved to Wales with his family as a child. He was educated at Porth Infants School and Griffithstown Junior School, and subsequently The Castle School in Thornbury, England, and played junior rugby for Thornbury RFC before winning a scholarship to attend Harrow School.[citation needed]

Club career[edit]

Wasps[edit]

While at Harrow School, Billy joined the Wasps Academy[3]. He made his senior team debut in 2011–12 season and played 30 matches over two seasons before leaving at the end of the 2012–2013 season.[citation needed]

Saracens[edit]

Vunipola signed a contract in January 2013 to move to Saracens at the end of the 2012–13 Aviva Premiership.

International career[edit]

England[edit]

After representing England at U18 and U20 level, Billy was called up to the England Saxons Squad in January 2013. He trained with the England Squad during the 2013 Six Nations Championship and made his senior England debut during the England tour of Argentina in the test against Argentina in Salta in June 2013, coming off the bench to score a try in England's 32–3 win.[4] Earlier in the tour he played in an un-capped match against a Consur XV, in this match he completed a hat-trick in six minutes.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster selected Billy in his squad for the Autumn Internationals.[5]

Vunipola was named man of the match for the Scotland–England, England-Ireland and France-England matches in the 2016 Six Nations Championship.

British and Irish Lions[edit]

In April 2017, Vunipola was selected as the one of the 41 British and Irish Lions to tour New Zealand in the summer alongside with his brother Mako Vunipola. However due to an ongoing shoulder injury, he later withdrew from the squad on 21 May 2017 and was replaced by England back-row teammate James Haskell.[6]

Family[edit]

Vunipola's father is former Tongan captain Fe'ao Vunipola and Methodist Minister, Rev. Iesinga Vunipola (who is also Chaplain to the UK Tongan Community).[2] He is the nephew of two other former international players, Manu and 'Elisi Vunipola who both represented Tonga in the 1990s. His brother, Mako Vunipola is his teammate and plays at prop for Saracens and England.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Billy Vunipola". Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "England v Italy: Vunipola brothers Mako and Billy want Mum to see their Sunday best". Daily Telegraph. 7 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Billy Vunipola hopes to confirm brotherly love for Saracens". thetimes.co.uk. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Argentina 3–32 England". espn.co.uk. Retrieved 11 June 2013.
  5. ^ Robert Kitson. "Chris Robshaw set to be confirmed as England captain for Australia clash | Sport". The Guardian. Retrieved 2014-02-02.
  6. ^ "Billy Vunipola withdraws from Lions squad". British and Irish Lions. Retrieved 21 May 2017.

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