Billy Vunipola shoulders the blame for England's humiliating defeat

Billy Vunipola shoulders the blame for England’s humiliating defeat by Scotland as misfiring No 8 admits: ‘I  didn’t put myself in the right positions’

  • Vunipola struggled to use his size and power against the Scotland defenders
  • His woes were compounded with a 23rd-minute yellow card for a high tackle 
  • His place in Eddie Jones’s side is under threat for Saturday’s Test against Italy

Misfiring No 8 Billy Vunipola has issued a mea culpa following England’s humiliating defeat in the Calcutta Cup on Saturday.

Vunipola was shown a yellow card in the first half and struggled to use his size and power against the Scotland defenders.

The Saracens forward had played just one game, against Ealing, in two months before the Six Nations and his place in Eddie Jones’s side is under threat for Saturday’s Test against Italy. ‘I take a lot of the blame because my work is helping put the team on the front foot and I didn’t do that,’ said Vunipola.

England No 8 Billy Vunipola was shown a yellow card for a high tackle in the first half

‘I just didn’t put myself in the right positions. I’ll see where I can help the team achieve more. That was on me.

‘My yellow card didn’t help and it was an accumulation of situations where we went from a charge-down on their five-metre line to me getting yellow-carded. I don’t think it’s a lack of game time, it was a lack of team cohesion. ‘That’s not on anyone else. That’s on us as a team and it’s important we get around each other and keep going.’

England lost to France in their opening game of last year’s Six Nations, before going on to win the championship.

The forward had played just one game, against Ealing, in two months before Scotland clash

They are expected to beat Italy convincingly on Saturday and Vunipola has promised a rallying performance.

‘It’s frustrating, I won’t lie. But this happened last year and we managed to pull it back,’ he said.

‘It’s on all of us to get together and make sure whatever we have to fix, we do it as soon as possible. We are honest with each other — and once you have that basis of honesty, you can move on and improve.

‘We’ve only got a week to do it, but that’s probably the best thing for us.’




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