Mako Vunipola Eddie Jones insists Billy Vunipola needs to play against USA to maintain his fitness

Mako Vunipola Eddie Jones insists Billy Vunipola needs to play against USA to maintain his fitness

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Mako Vunipola ‘It’s much better he plays rugby than goes out and eats beef!’: Eddie Jones insists Billy Vunipola needs to play against USA to maintain his fitness… despite Rugby World Cup clash being No 8’s second start in just four days

  • Billy Vunipola has been named in England’s starting XV against USA on Thursday
  • It will be Vunipola’s second game in four days having started against Tonga
  • Henry Slade has been left out because of a knee injury suffered at the weekend
  • Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell are on course to face Argentina on October 5

By Nik Simon for MailOnline

Published:07:24 EDT, 24 September 2019|Updated:09:27 EDT, 24 September 2019

Eddie Jones has defended his decision to select Billy Vunipola to face the USA – claiming the No 8 will benefit more from game-time than a week spent eating the city’s famous Kobe beef.

The injury-prone No 8 is one of England’s most valuable players, so eyebrows were raised at Jones’ decision to start the forward in a match which should be a formality.

After a four-day turnaround from the Tonga victory, Vunipola is one of just five players who will have started both of England’s opening Pool C Tests.

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