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Vunipola switches to Saracens

06 April 2011

  • Mako Vunipola switches from Bristol to Sarries
  • Very exciting opportunity for me – Vunipola
Mako Vunipola in action with England U20

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Highly-rated England Under-20s prop Mako Vunipola has agreed a new deal to move to Saracens at the end of the season.

Vunipola had come through the academy set-up at Bristol and was being looked at by a number of Premiership sides.

However the 20-year old, who has made 33 competitive appearances for Bristol, has opted to move to Vicarage Road.

Vunipola said: "I have enjoyed my time at Bristol, but the opportunity to join one of the top clubs in the country is very exciting.

"From the unity and spirit within their squad, from the unique way they look after players and families, and from the way they are developing so many young English players, everyone can see there is something very special happening at Saracens and I am looking forward to being part of it."

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall is delighted to have beaten off stiff competition to sign Vunipola.

McCall said: "Mako is already rated as one of the outstanding players of his generation, and he has been actively pursued by many Premiership clubs.

"We are delighted he has chosen to join Saracens, and we look forward to helping him fulfil his immense potential, on and off the field."