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Billy Vunipola ruled out of series finale with South Africa

Billy Vunipola ruled out of series finale with South Africa
England back-rower Billy Vunipola

Billy Vunipola has returned home today having re-fractured his arm during Saturday’s clash with South Africa in Bloemfontein.

Vunipola had only recently returned from four months on the sidelines, having first broken his arm when playing for Saracens against Ospreys in a Champions Cup encounter.

The 26-year-old was replaced by Nathan Hughes near the end of the first half in England’s defeat to the Springboks.

The No.8 will be assessed further next week to determine the extent of his injuries.

England will also be without the other Vunipola for the third Test next Saturday, though Billy’s older brother Mako has departed for family reasons, as agreed with the RFU prior to the squad travelling to South Africa.

Head coach Eddie Jones has called up Exeter prop Alec Hepburn to bolster his front-row options for the game in Cape Town on June 23, as England look to end a five-Test losing streak.

It was also confirmed on Saturday evening that Ellis Genge would return to England having sustained a knee injury last week.

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Billy Vunipola ruled out of series finale with South Africa