Vunipola's hunger earns him England call-up
Rookie Saracens prop Mako Vunipola has been fast-tracked into the England squad for the autumn internationals after ditching the fast food.
Vunipola, a 20-stone loosehead of Tongan descent, has only made four Premiership starts for Saracens and one in the Heineken Cup.
But with Alex Corbisiero still recovering from a knee injury, England forwards coach Graham Rowntree felt Vunipola's form was simply too good to ignore.
The 21-year-old will go straight into England's match-day squad for the Tests against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
"I have no doubt he will make his name in this Autumn Series. I have got every confidence in him," Rowntree said. "He has got himself fit. His form has been exceptional. I like his commitment. He respects all the hard yards, the tackling, the clearing out, the scrummaging. He has got his priorities right."
That has not always been the case. There was a time, during his days at Millfield and in England's age-grade teams, when Vunipola's hunger for rugby was only exceeded by his appetite.
The action photos of Vunipola, in his tight England U-20s jersey at last year's Junior World Championships, are not flattering. By his own admission, when Vunipola joined Saracens from Bristol in the summer of 2011 he was "not in great shape" and found the transition to professionalism a culture shock.
Meanwhile, former England flanker Andy Hazell has been hit by a 14-week suspension.
The Gloucester forward, who was sent off for striking an opponent during his team's Amlin Challenge Cup victory over Mont-de-Marsan in France earlier this month, pleaded guilty when his case was heard in Dublin yesterday. He cannot play again until January 21.