Vunipola to get shock England call?
October 21, 2012
Mako Vunipola could turn out for England in November © PA Photos
Saracens loose-head Mako Vunipola will be a shock inclusion in the England squad for the autumn Test series, according to reports.
Vunipola has excelled for Saracens this term and was named Man of the Match in their opening two games of the season. And with Alex Corbisiero out injured, it seems that the 21-year-old will capitalise on his team-mate's misfortune by being named in the 32-man squad for England's matches with Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on Thursday, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The loose-head was born in New Zealand and if given the nod, he will take his place in the squad alongside fellow Kiwi-born international Northampton's Dylan Hartley and potentially Leicester's Thomas Waldrom.
If Vunipola is named in the squad then it will cap a remarkable rise in the player's stock. He missed much of his first season with Saracens last term after a pre-season move from Bristol due to injury but he has made eight appearances for them in the current campaign and played in their match with Racing Metro yesterday.
The newspaper also reports that Leicester's Tom Youngs is likely to replace the injured Bath hooker Rob Webber in the party.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Huw Richards profiles French forward Walter Spanghero, a man who even rugby's hard men thought was a tough nut
"To be part of the Commonwealth Games, I'd wear anything. I'd wear a clown suit." Tom Hamilton talks to Scotland's Sean Lamont
Scrum Sevens looks back at how rugby has fared in both the early Olympics and the past four Commonwealth Games
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter