Mako Vunipola out of Six Nations with ankle ligament injury

Mako Vunipola out of Six Nations with ankle ligament injury

Eddie Jones' troops featured five Sarries players in the starting line-up, including brothers Billy and Mako Vunipola, George Kruis and England captain Owen Farrell.

"The bloke's a genius", George said.

Wales assistant coach Shaun Edwards confirmed full-back Leigh Halfpenny, who has been out following a concussion, fly-half Rhys Patchell and prop Leon Brown were all able to join in for a large part of training on Wednesday.

"I thought the intensity and accuracy they [England] brought to the game on that opening day was very good, and they fully deserved their win, and then to back that up against France last weekend was a fantastic performance. He's performing really well".

"We will know more in terms of time frames following the surgery".

Two of the scores were touch downs of kicks made possible by his speed, but his remarkable pace was also evident in the second when he outfoxed wing Damian Penaud from a standing start.

"We need to be unbelievably physical. But do we work on it? No".

"It's probably not higher intensity, just more consistent with it".

The 28-year-old's absence deals England a blow ahead of their Grand Slam eliminator against Wales at Cardiff on February 23.

"Eddie Jones" side have Wales, Italy and Scotland to come in their quest to land a Grand Slam but Vunipola is certain to miss all three games with the injury that will see him sidelined for 10 weeks.

For those of us who watch 1970s hagiography on YouTube with tears in our eyes and find ourselves blurting out "Delme Thomas palms!" in supermarkets, the England head coach's remarks are sacrilege - but not even Gareth, JPR et al could win nine matches in a row, let alone 11 as this Welsh side have done.

"We have to be aware that we did well against France but recognise that it wasn't the flawless performance", he said.

"We've got to make sure we try to improve and get better". "The important thing for us is to keep the ball rolling".

Jenkins said: "No disrespect to Scotland, who are a very good side and have done a lot of good things over the a year ago or so, but playing England at Twickenham is a big ask for any team".

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