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England duo Vunipola and Te'o apologise after night out

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Billy Vunipola and Ben Te'o have apologised to team-mates after they returned late from a drinking session following England's 38-38 Guinness Six Nations draw with Scotland.

The pair broke team rules by staying out until the early hours of Sunday morning when the rest of the squad had gone back to their hotel in west London.

It is understood that England consider the matter dealt with and there will be no repercussions from head coach Eddie Jones.

Players are allowed to drink to under Jones and while there is no curfew in place, it is expected that the team stay together while out.

It is only the second beach of discipline since Jones took over in December 2015 - the first saw Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona sent home from a pre-season training camp in 2017 because of a similar offence.

England finished runners-up in the recent Six Nations following a defeat to Grand Slam winners Wales and draw with Scotland.

Vunipola to miss autumn internationals with injury

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Billy Vunipola will miss England's autumn Test campaign after breaking his left arm.

The Saracens number eight suffered his latest injury in Sunday's 13-3 Champions Cup win at Glasgow, and will undergo surgery on Tuesday.

Prop Mako Vunipola's calf strain and lock Nick Isiekwe's ankle sprain will also hand England boss Eddie Jones further headaches, with both now also huge doubts to take part in England's autumn schedule.

"Nick Isiekwe, Billy Vunipola and Mako Vunipola are set for a spell on the sidelines," Saracens confirmed in a statement.

"The trio were all forced off in Saracens' Heineken Champions Cup win over Glasgow Warriors on Sunday.

"Isiekwe suffered an ankle sprain and is waiting to be assessed by a consultant with regards to the full extent of the injury.

"Billy has fractured his left arm and will have surgery on Tuesday. He is expected to be out of action for around 12 weeks.

"Mako picked up a calf strain and his progress will be monitored."


Vunipola may miss England's South Africa tour with injury

Billy Vunipola has suffered yet another injury setback that casts doubt over his involvement in England's summer tour. Credit: PA

Billy Vunipola has suffered yet another injury setback that casts doubt over his involvement in England's summer tour to South Africa.

Vunipola withdrew from training with his club Saracens on Wednesday afternoon because of a tight hamstring that has ruled him out of at least Saturday's Aviva Premiership clash with Gloucester, and he is being assessed to discover the extent of the damage.

The number eight has played only 249 minutes over the past year due to shoulder, knee and arm injuries and his last international appearance was against Ireland in March 2017.

"Nothing happened, he just felt some tightness and awareness of that tightness. The hamstring hasn't pulled or anything," Saracens' director of rugby Mark McCall said.

England and Saracens pair Vunipola and Itoje to return

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Saracens and England have received a major double boost with Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje returning from injury on Sunday.

Powerful number eight Vunipola has been sidelined since September because of a knee injury, raising concerns that he might not be fit for the start of this season's NatWest 6 Nations.

Lock Itoje, meanwhile, broke his jaw a month ago, but Saracens have announced both players in their starting line-up for the Ricoh Arena appointment with Wasps.

It also means they are available for Saracens' final two European Champions Cup pool fixtures against Ospreys and Northampton, with the holders realistically needing victory in both matches to keep alive quarter-final ambitions.

Vunipola missed the British and Irish Lions' New Zealand tour last summer because of a shoulder problem, but his latest comeback begins a month before England's Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome.

Billy Vunipola set for four months out putting Six Nations chances under threat

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England number eight Billy Vunipola faces a race against time to be fit for the start of the RBS 6 Nations after undergoing knee surgery.

Vunipola has been ruled out for 16 weeks with the cartilage damage sustained in Saracens' 41-13 Aviva Premiership victory over Sale at Allianz Park on Saturday and will miss the autumn series against Argentina, Australia and Samoa.

"For any team to lose a player of the ability of Billy is a blow and he will be missed through the autumn for both Saracens and England," Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said.

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