McCall: Mako and Billy Vunipola still have a future with England

Mako and Billy Vunipola still have a future with England despite being snubbed by Eddie Jones, says Saracens boss Mark McCall – as he insists the brothers are in form and ‘have the bit between their teeth’

  • The Vunipola brothers are far from finished with England, insists Mark McCall  
  • Mako and Billy both have ‘the bit between their teeth, their Saracens boss said
  • He praised their recent displays and backed them to return for the Six Nations 

Saracens are confident the Vunipola brothers are not finished at international level and can force their way back into the England squad for next year’s Six Nations.

The club expected prop Mako and No 8 Billy to be recalled by Eddie Jones for the autumn Tests against Tonga, Australia and South Africa, but they were left out. 

Jones also initially omitted Saracens hooker Jamie George, but the Lion earned a rapid reprieve after Luke Cowan-Dickie was ruled out of next month’s campaign.

Saracens brothers Mako (R) and Billy (L) Vunipola still have England future despite their snub, says their club coach Mark McCall

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: ‘We are disappointed for Mako and Billy. If they weren’t in good form it might be different but they’re playing well.

‘They’ve still got the bit between their teeth and there’s some hope for them that they can work their way back into the squad.’

Jones has suggested that players going into a third World Cup cycle can struggle for motivation. 

But McCall was adamant the Vunipolas remain committed, adding: ‘They are unbelievably competitive and they’ve proven it for a long time.’

Meanwhile, Wasps will be without two staff members for Sunday’s trip to Saracens. Backs coach Scott Barrow and head of performance Pete Atkinson have been given one-week bans for misconduct during last week’s game with Exeter.

McCall said they still had the ‘bit between their teeth’ and hailed their recent displays 

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