EbeneMagazine – GB – England marches on Rome with Billy Vunipola due to smile better than before

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« I got too bogged down with the pressure of the World Cup, the pressure of being the guy of choice and not focusing my teammates and helping them I play better when I am instinctive and decisive « 

Billy Vunipola vowed to be a better smile for England today when the Six Nations Championship finally reaches its peak

A year has passed since the big number eight last represented his country in the World Cup final in Yokohama

Twelve months in which his arm broke and mended a fourth time, his Saracens club were disgraced from the Premiership and he endured the pandemic with the rest of us

The most uncertain period of his life provoked a period of introspection and led to the conclusion that it was high time he cleared the clouds and cleared up

In Rome tonight, where England hope to set a mark that title rivals France and Ireland cannot match, Eddie Jones’ side are ordered to put a smile on the nation’s face

« I got too bogged down with the pressure of the World Cup, the pressure of being the guy of choice and not focusing on my teammates and helping them

« It sounds really cliché and I hate to say it, but it’s all about enjoying it I’m just too bogged down in all the details I play better when I’m gut and decisive »

England will win the title if they beat Italy with a bonus point and France beat Ireland – unless Fabien Galthie’s side also take maximum points and improve the margin of victory by England by more than two points

But if the Irish, whose points difference is 23 better than England, win in Paris, they will take the crown, assuming England do not improve their margin of victory by 24 points

It’s a day for calculators, but the instruction from above for England is to leave the math to others and instead focus on crushing Italy with the intention of exploiting tired bodies and gaping holes later

Or to put it simply, learn from 2015 when England last faced a ‘Super Saturday’ race for the title and lost because in their enthusiasm for scavenging for points they forgot to lock the rear door

« We let things get too frantic, » said Vunipola, recalling how England stuck 55 points to France, but gave them 35 points and came seven times short to hand the booty back to the Ireland

« We haven’t laid the foundations of the game in the right areas, making sure to try to exhaust them We have allowed it to become a Sevens sensation »

Vunipola admits he had « his head in the clouds » at the World Cup and has been through the year since playing largely insignificant matches for his already doomed club

He describes himself as « a bit of a coil spring », but quickly adds that he doesn’t want to say more about it

« The plan is to talk on the pitch and not so much off the pitch, » he said « I hope you will see a happier version of me »

ITALY: Mr. Minozzi; E Padovani, L Morisi, C Canna, M Bellini; P Garbisi, M Violi; D Fischetti, L Bigi (captain), G Zilocchi, M Lazzaroni, N Cannone, S Negri, B Steyn, J Polledri

Substitutes: G Lucchesi, S Ferrari, P Ceccarelli, D Sisi, J Meyer, M Mbanda, G Palazzani, F Mori

ENGLAND: G Furbank; A Watson, J Joseph, H Slade, J May; O Farrell (captain), B Youngs; M Vunipola, J George, K Sinckler, M Itoje, J Hill, T Curry, S Underhill, B Vunipola

Alternates: T Dunn, E Genge, W Stuart, C Ewels, B Earl, D Robson, O Lawrence, O Thorley

Six Nations Championship, England national rugby union team, England, Eddie Jones, Exeter Chiefs, Ben Youngs

EbeneMagazine – GB – England marches through Rome with Billy Vunipola to smile better than before



SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com/news/ebenemagazine-gb-england-marches-on-rome-with-billy-vunipola-due-to-smile-better-than-before/?remotepost=494346

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