Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vunipola Reaps Benefit of Eddie's Delaying Tactic to Start against Fiji

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Vunipola Reaps Benefit of Eddie's Delaying Tactic to Start against Fiji

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Byline: Chris Jones

BILLY VUNIPOLA gave England a boost today by overcoming a shoulder injury to take his place in a team showing five changes one positional for the clash with Fiji at Twickenham.

m. yed rs d erns id Eddie Jones delayed naming his team for 24 hours to allow the Saracens No8 and other players with injury concerns time to recover. That paid off for Vunipola (right), who had also complained of muscle tiredness after helping England defeat South Africa for the first time in 10 years last week.

fmuscle es ng Vunipola has Tongan heritage and Jones said: "Billy loves playing and my experience with Tongan players is they love to play. If you don't pick them in games you put yourself in a position where they may not perform in the next one."

hem urself e." Jonny May has been left out as England manage his return from a serious knee injury. May played against the Springboks, scoring and urn nee yed gvacated try in the 37-21 victory. May's absence means Elliot Daly switches from centre to wing in a reshuffled back division for tomorrow's Test. Alex Goode replaces Mike Brown at full-back, Semesa Rokoduguni is in for Marland Yarde on the right wing, with Jonathan Joseph filling the outside-centre role vacated Harrison, replaced early in the Third Test win over June, is given a by Daly.

Teimana Harri Australia in Ju chance t improve side fl of to show his improved form at openside flanker in place of Tom Wood.

Naw tr idt Nathan Hughes, who has been troubled by a leg injury since his debut against the Springboks, is set to make another cameo appearance. If Vunipola suffers any recurrence of the pain in the game, Hughes would take over at No8.

aaVf rence th Hugh No8 Jones said: "The guys who were injury worries have come through but it was tight. They are ready to play and the fact Mike Brown and Jonny May are not playing is an opportunity to increase the depth of the squad.

b t a a TOMORROW'S FIXTURES Italy v South Africa (2, BT Sport 2), England v Fiji (2. …

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