Sunday 22 September 2019

Vunipola in frame for Twickenham

Mako Vunipola. Photo: Sportsfile
Mako Vunipola. Photo: Sportsfile

Fit-again Mako Vunipola is close to the best shape of his career - but try telling that to the lady who had to wheel the 122kg prop through Los Angeles airport in June.

Vunipola has finally recovered from the torn hamstring tendon he suffered in Saracens' Champions Cup final victory in May, and could feature for England against Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.

The 28-year-old could not straighten his leg after surgery to fix the tendon back onto the bone, and so had to use crutches and a wheelchair en route to brother Billy's wedding back in Tonga. The Lions prop admitted some of those enlisted to help his mobility had their work cut out.

"In terms of bodyweight I'm near enough the lightest I've been," said Vunipola. "I feel good about that. Body conditioning-wise it's one of those constant things for me, I've just got to keep working on that.

"In terms of fitness I feel very good. Match fitness is something different. We'll see how I go on the weekend if I get the chance.

"I tore the tendon at the top of hamstring so the muscle became detached from the bone, so they had to go back in and attach that back on."

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