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Billy Vunipola out of rest of RBS 6 Nations

23 February 2014

  • Billy Vunipola out of RBS 6 Nations with ankle injury 
  • England squad reconvene at Pennyhill Park on Tuesday morning
England No.8 Billy Vunipola, who suffered an ankle injury against Ireland

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Billy Vunipola is out of the rest of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations after suffering ankle ligament damage in the first half of England’s thrilling 13-10 RBS 6 Nations victory over Ireland at Twickenham Stadium.

The Saracens No.8, who was replaced Ben Morgan, stayed down in the 35th minute with a sprain to his right ankle and could not continue. The England and Saracens medical teams will work closely on a recovery plan for the rest of the season.

Head Coach Stuart Lancaster admitted it was a blow to lose the in-form 21 year-old but said the impact his replacement Morgan made against Ireland is a big plus given the situation.

Gloucester No.8 Morgan made 18 tackles and produced two turnovers in 54 minutes and Lancaster said: “It’s a blow as Billy has had a good Six Nations but he is young and will be back.

The encouraging thing is we have got Ben Morgan and other back rows such as Matt Kvesic and Tom Johnson who are all competing hard for places.”

The match day 23 will return to Pennyhill Park late on Tuesday morning and, following a review of the Ireland match and training, the replacements will return to their Aviva Premiership clubs.

The Ireland match day XV will train on Wednesday and depart Thursday lunchtime before returning to Pennyhill Park on Monday to prepare for the Wales game.