Vunipola to miss autumn internationals with injury

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 18, 2018

Young lock Nick Isiekwe has an ankle strain, while star second-rower Maro Itoje - who can also operate at flank - and hooker Jamie George had their noses broken in the 13-3 win in Glasgow on Sunday.

Eddie Jones' men also face South Africa, Japan and Australia next month while Saracens are set to miss the back row's influence through Champions Cup matches against Lyon and Cardiff Blues before a mouthwatering pre-Christmas clash with Exeter Chiefs in Sandy Park. "Billy has an arm injury but it's not the same arm he injured before".

The 25-year-old needs surgery and will be out of action for up to 12 weeks.

"Mako has a calf injury but it's too soon to say what the extent of it is", he said.

Fast-improving Lock Isiekwe has already won three caps and would be pushing hard for Test time, barring injury concerns.

Former Wallabies coach Jones names his squad for the November internationals to be played at Twickenham on Thursday. His initial hearing last week - which lasted over four hours - was aborted after he tweeted "what a joke" as his case was heard, Sky Sports News understands.

Wasps captain Launchbury has undergone knee injury that will keep him sidelined for three months after he got hurt against Leicester in September.

England will also be without winger Anthony Watson (Achilles), centre Jonathan Joseph (knee), prop Ellis Genge (knee), prop Beno Obano (knee), scrum-half Dan Robson (ankle), while centre Ben Te'o (calf) stands just an outside chance of playing any part.

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