‘The hunger came back’: Vunipola says England axe was right decision

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England No 8 says Eddie Jones’ decision to drop him in 2021 led to sessions with psychologists and a revitalised career

It is just over a year since Billy Vunipola’s Test career came to a shuddering halt. Having arranged to meet Eddie Jones for a chat at a Hertfordshire pub, he thought it would be a routine catch-up. Instead the head coach informed him he was being cut from the England squad and delivered some uncomfortable home truths.

Only now, for the first time, does Vunipola feel ready to talk about it publicly. He might now be sitting pretty, just above Sydney’s Coogee beach, back in England’s starting XV and preparing for a series decider against Australia, but the past 12 months have taken him on an emotional voyage of personal discovery.

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Written by Robert Kitson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/13/the-hunger-came-back-billy-vunipola-says-england-axe-was-right-decision-rugby-union-australia under the title “‘The hunger came back’: Vunipola says England axe was right decision”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.