Thursday 18 January 2018

Big boy Vunipola still in fear of mum

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England's Billy Vunipola has been suffering some sleepless nights. Photo: David Davies/PA
England's Billy Vunipola has been suffering some sleepless nights. Photo: David Davies/PA
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

He might be the most fearsome No 8 on the circuit, but England's Billy Vunipola isn't too big to be scared of his mum.

The Saracens star insists the fear of telling his mum he is to move in with his girlfriend is causing more sleepless nights than the final hurdle in England's Grand Slam quest.

Saturday's game might be the biggest of his career, but Vunipola is more concerned at knowing he must eventually leave the squad's Surrey training base and inform his family he will no longer be living with brother Mako.

"I don't think I should say this because I don't think my mum knows, but I'm actually looking to move out and into a new house," he said. "My missus will be living with me - that's the thing my mum doesn't know and this is probably the best way to tell her! It's probably more stressful than England."

D'Arcy leads club side against Scots

IRELAND's club XV will hope to make it a winning campaign by backing up their win over France Federale last month with a home win over Scotland at Temple Hill on Friday night (7.30).

Clontarf centre Matt D'Arcy leads the side for the fourth time, with head coach Paul Cunningham naming a strong squad drawn from 11 Ulster Bank League clubs across the country. Tickets are on sale at €10 for adults and €5 for children.

IRELAND CLUB XV (v Scotland clubs) - D Riordan (Old Belvedere); J McInerney (Garryowen), S Murphy (UCD), M D'Arcy (Capt, Clontarf), M Roche (Lansdowne); S Deasy (Lansdowne), N Cronin (Garryowen); I Prenderville (Lansdowne), M Abbott (Cork Constitution), G Sweeney (Cork Constitution); C Ruddock (St Mary's), P Donnellan (Lansdowne); C Butterworth (Lansdowne), P Pritchard (Ballynahinch), T Ryan (Clontarf).

Reps: P Finlay (DUFC), D Lavery (Old Belvedere), B McGovern (St Mary's), C Smith (Ballymena), J Fitzgerald (Dolphin), A Lloyd (DUFC), R McBurney (Ballymena).

Club survey canvasses grassroots' opinions

The IRFU are canvassing the opinion of club players at all levels as they review the shape and structure of the amateur game in the months to come.

The union have put a survey online asking a range of questions about demographics, fixtures, health and safety and how involved players would like to be.

If you want to have your say, the survey is at this address:

Quote of the day

"See I don't drive yet, so I don't get home that often. My mom and my brother keep me posted on what everyone's mood is like" - Ireland newcomer Ultan Dillane reveals the reason he hasn't been home to Tralee to soak up his success.

Number of the day

8 Ireland are unbeaten in their last eight Six Nations games in Dublin, their best run in the history of the Championship.

Irish Independent

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