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Getting to know England U20: Mako Vunipola

08 December 2010

At just 19-years-old, England U20 prop Mako Vunipola is already making a name for himself in the Championship this season with Bristol Rugby, and despite coming from an established Tongan rugby dynasty, it is England who are the beneficiaries of his undoubted talent.

In the first of’s ‘getting to know you’ feature, we put Mako under the spotlight:

Mako Vunipola

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How do you like to relax outside of the rugby bubble?
I try to go out with my mates and just relax. It’s important to relax! I also have to make sure I have enough time to do all of my University work.

Best and worst trainers in the England camp
Tough one – the best trainer is probably George Ford, he always sticks around after training to practice his kicking. As for the worst? It’s hard because most of the boys train well... maybe i’m up there on the list.

Favourite holiday destination?
Australia and New Zealand are both amazing countries and one day i'd like to spend some time travelling around that area of the world.

Fondest Childhood memory?
Meeting Mickey Mouse in Disneyland is definitely up there.

Cleverest player in the England squad?
I’ll go with Ben Ransom – he’s got a posh accent so he must be clever.

Ideal three course meal?
Starter would be scrambled eggs, ham and cheese. Main course would be a pizza covered in as much meat as possible and i’d go for a cheesecake for dessert.

Mako Vunipola

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You’re stuck on a desert island with one luxury item, what is it?
A book written by Bear Grylls would be pretty handy in that situation I reckon.

Top three movies of all time?
1) Iron Man 2
2) Shawshank Redemption
3) Remember The Titans

Furthest you have ever ran?
About 3 kilometers. That’s all I need, I don’t think I could run any further even if I wanted to.

Sporting idol growing up?
Coming from a rugby family there are many people I could choose. But I'm going to go with the first name that came into my head: Jonah Lomu. He was an animal and absolotutely tore it up when he played.

Three songs that make you happy.
1) Jason Mraz – I’m Yours
2) Bob Marley – One Love
3) Mary J Blige – Just Fine

Jonah Lumu brushes past the English challenge

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Which rugby club do you support, favourite current player?
Queensland Reds are a great team to watch – Quade Cooper is a class act in attack.

Tell us something no one knows about you.
I qualify to play rugby for four different countries. New Zealand, Tonga, Wales and England.

Give us a clean joke.
Why did the one hand man cross the road? To get the the second hand shop... i’m sorry.