Monday Jan 15, 2018

This is how Billy Vunipola broke his arm

This is how Billy Vunipola broke his arm
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Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola will see a specialist this week to determine the extent of the injury he sustained against the Ospreys on Saturday. The England number eight may be out for a while, after scans confirmed that he had fractured his forearm.

The injury occurred as he swung a flailing arm at Rob McCusker, which connected with the Ospreys number eight’s head, sending both players to the turf in a lump. 

Despite clutching his arm, Vunipola played on and finished the half, taking part in defence as well as making a drive from a lineout. He even helped big Maro Itoje up from the floor, which couldn’t have helped any.

Vunipola didn’t return after halftime, and after the match said that he couldn’t feel his wrist.

Saracens have since confirmed that an x-ray showed a fracture to the forearm.

“Billy is due to see a specialist later this week, when a timeframe for recovery may be defined.”

It looks likely that further treatment will be needed, and he may miss the start of the upcoming Six Nations, another blow for England who already have Joe Marler out with suspension, and most likely, James Haskell too.

UPDATE 19 Jan 2018: Vunipola will be out of action for 12 weeks.

“We will continue to monitor Billy’s injury and of course provide the necessary support framework to get him back and fully fit,” said a Saracens spokesman.

7 Comments

  •  drg
    drg

    Need a fast player, good handling skills and experience in the pack..... Johnny May it is then...

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  •  jimmy23
    jimmy23

    Needs his three year residency before he can be considered, unless if he has an English relative I'm unaware of.

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  •  drg
    drg

    I was thinking the same thing as your second sentence regarding what some of these guys out themselves through.

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  •  45678
    45678

    Thinking it through give Ackerman a go. Definitely ticks the ball carrying box

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  •  the_osprey
    the_osprey

    It's weird how certain great players seem to be more injury prone than most. I can't think of any 'average' players who are as injury prone as guys like Stephen Ferris, Manu Tuilagi, Billy V, Gavin Henson (when he was good), Jonny Wilkinson. It doesn't even seem to be due to targeting.

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  •  myleftboot
    myleftboot

    Need a steady hand at 8, even if off the bench. Thomas the Tanks not getting a lot of game time. Saints Harrison seems to have been discarded. Jackson Wray never lets anyone down. Could be a chance for one of the young lads to have a crack. That or just stick Super Maro in there!

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  •  jimmy23
    jimmy23

    Poor lad can't catch a break. Certainly having our depth tested this 6 Nations, time for Sam Simmons to step up? Definitely a time to have a look at new back row options.

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