Mako Vunipola England star Mako Vunipola takes last-minute advice from his auntie ahead of Rugby World Cup final

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Mako Vunipola ‘I’m sure she will probably have a few words to say just before we go to the game!’: The secret to Mako Vunipola’s success? Taking last-minute advice from Aunty Pauline as England prepare for tough battle against South Africa pack in Rugby World Cup final

  • England’s forwards face the task of getting past South Africa’s 141st 10lbs pack 
  • Eddie Jones has been preparing his men to overcome the Boks’ biggest asset 
  • However Mako Vunipola says he is receiving advice from his aunt on the scrum
  • Mako and brother Billy will try to win England a second World Cup on Saturday

By Nik Simon for the Daily Mail


England have spent months fine-tuning their scrum, but Mako Vunipola has been receiving some last-minute tips from an unlikely source — his Auntie Pauline.

South Africa’s pack weigh in at 141st 10lb and they have over-powered most scrums on their way to Saturday’s World Cup final. Hours have been spent studying video footage of binds, angles and engagements. But nothing quite matches Vunipola’s family advice.

‘I get a few messages from my Auntie Pauline,’ said prop Vunipola. ‘Most of them are encouraging — Bible verses to keep me on my toes and keep my feet on the ground. I’m sure she will probably have a few words to say just before we go

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