The prop has been sensational for England so far this championship, and has shown how pivotal he is to the team after missing the Autumn. He is one of the best loosehead props in the world at the moment and is integral to England’s attack.
It is not only his power that makes him such a threat to opposing defences, but his deft hands, which means defenders struggle to read what he is going to do. The way he links with other forwards and his fly-half Owen Farrell is a major basis for England’s attack, and something that no other prop offers. His workrate is also major asset, shown by him topping the tackle count against Ireland and almost playing the entire 80 minutes- earning him the Man-of-the-Match award. Furthermore, his scrummaging has got much stronger in recent months, which was always deemed to be his weakness. The list seems to be unending as to why he is critical to England.
His loss will be immeasurable, and while Ben Moon is a very strong scrummager, and Ellis Genge is a devastating ball carrier, neither possesses the complete array of skills that Vunipola has, and Eddie Jones will know this.
The fans are rightfully distressed over this news, particularly with the huge clash with Wales on the horizon. Many have highlighted how crucial the Saracen has been to England, and have rightfully identified him as one of England’s best players.
With the World Cup at the end of the year, some fans have stressed that the main objective will be to have the 28-year-old fit for the showcase in Japan. But in the intervening time, England and Saracens will suffer. The prop will miss Sarries’ Champions Cup quarter-final with Glasgow at the end of March, and could well miss their semi-final in April should they get that far. But for now, England will miss him most.
This is what the fans have to say:
— James (@Jigg244) February 12, 2019
NONONONONONONONO, such a loss
— Helen (@YesImHelen) February 12, 2019
Get fit Mako, the world cup awaits!
— Jason Murray (@swampmonster74) February 12, 2019
That’s bad -he’s an essential part of the England team ???????
— Archie Lea (@archiejlea) February 12, 2019
So sad; such a great player. Hope you recover quick.
— Richard Joyce (@JohnnyVince2) February 12, 2019
What a blow.
— John Houlton (@jghrichmond) February 12, 2019
Terrible shame an absolute World Class Player on and off the pitch.
— Oli Scarr (@OliScarr) February 12, 2019
Gutted!! Get well soon big man!
— Dean (@DaRealDeeDubya) February 12, 2019
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