Rugby Rugby World Cup: Billy Vunipola says England must repeat Ireland performance after record-breaking win

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It is hard to explain how much we can take out of England’s record-breaking victory over Ireland. It was a Rugby World Cup warm-up, “effectively a pre-season game” as Jonny May put it, but while the Irish side that melted in the Twickenham heat produced unarguably their worst performance of the Joe Schmidt era, England did manage to fire on all cylinders.

Was it a World Cup statement? Yes. A major statement? Probably not. But there was one overriding question resonating through the home dressing room in the wake of the 57-15 win that proved to be England’s most points, largest winning margin and most tries scored against Ireland. “Can we do it away from Twickenham?”

“I would like to see that performance away from home,” said England No 8 Billy Vunipola. “That is the biggest thing for me. I have said it to Eddie in the changing rooms. It is something we need to start doing away from Twickenham. 

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“That is the biggest challenge next, going to Japan and doing it away from all our fans and the comforts of our home changing room. There is massive scope for us to improve. That is the biggest challenge for us.

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