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Sport England's Billy Vunipola injured in Ospreys draw

08:20  14 january  2018
08:20  14 january  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

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Billy Vunipola suffered a fresh injury setback as he failed to emerge for the second half of Saracens' 15-15 Champions Cup draw with the Ospreys on Saturday. England number eight Vunipola only. "It can be frustrating being injured but there can be higher powers at work.

Fresh from his return from knee surgery, Saracens' Billy Vunipola faces concerns over a wrist problem sustained against the Ospreys .

vunipola - CROPPED: Saracens' Billy Vunipola. © Provided by Omnisport Saracens' Billy Vunipola.

Billy Vunipola suffered a fresh injury setback as he failed to emerge for the second half of Saracens' 15-15 Champions Cup draw with the Ospreys on Saturday.

England number eight Vunipola only returned from three months out with a knee issue last weekend, but a wrist injury curtailed his involvement in Swansea.

Defence coach Alex Sanderson revealed during an interview with BT Sport that Vunipola - who also missed the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand with a shoulder injury last year - "can't feel his wrist", raising further questions over whether he will play a part in England's Six Nations campaign.

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Billy Vunipola suffered a fresh injury setback as he failed to emerge for the second half of Saracens' 15-15 Champions Cup draw with the Ospreys on Saturday. "It can be frustrating being injured but there can be higher powers at work.

Billy Vunipola suffered a fresh injury setback as he failed to emerge for the second half of Saracens’ 15-15 Champions Cup draw with the Ospreys on Saturday. “It can be frustrating being injured but there can be higher powers at work.

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Speaking after playing 70 minutes against Wasps last Sunday, Vunipola said: "It means a great deal [to come back] and I feel I'll be better for it next week and hopefully, if I can keep going like this, I'll be back to where I was in no time.

"It can be frustrating being injured but there can be higher powers at work. It taught me a huge lesson about looking after myself better in terms of recovery and sleep. I thought I did that better this time. Whatever runs for me, I'll just try to smash it.

Billy Vunipola © Getty Billy Vunipola

"If I can convince [England coach] Eddie [Jones] I am in the right shape and playing well enough to be picked in his squad, then great.

"I want to play for England as much as I can and I have missed it but right now my biggest focus is playing well for Saracens and hopefully transferring that on to the pitch at Twickenham."

Meanwhile, England flanker James Haskell was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Roberts in Wasps' defeat to Harlequins and a ban could render him unavailable for selection by Jones.

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Italy head coach Conor O'Shea says Ian McKinley's 6 Nations inclusion is an "amazing story" .
McKinley feared his career was over when he lost sight in one eye in an horrific accident when he was 19 while playing for UCD against Lansdowne.But thanks to the use of a pair of protective goggles, McKinley rebuilt his career with Zebre in Italy before moving to Treviso - and after becoming eligible on residency grounds, he played for the Azzurri in November.Italy boss O'Shea has included the 28-year-old out-half in his squad for the championship and there's a possibility that he could play against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium."It's an amazing story," said O'Shea.

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