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Mako Vunipola is OUT of England’s confrontation with Ireland after his return to Tonga for family reasons

Mako Vunipola is out of the Six Nations confrontation with England on Sunday after the prop has returned to Tonga for family reasons

  • Mako Vunipola will miss the showdown of England with Ireland in the Six Nations
  • The prop has returned to Tonga for family reasons and will not be available
  • He started in England’s victory over Scotland after being equipped for the loss of France
  • The absence leaves Joe Marler on track for a return to number 1 on Sunday

Without Lions, England will support Mako Vunipola for confronting Six Nations with unbeaten Ireland at Twickenham on Sunday after returning to Tonga for family reasons.

The 29-year-old veteran with 65 test appearances started against Scotland in Murrayfield during the last championship of the national team 10 days ago, after being equipped for the opener against France in Paris.

However, the excellent release head of the country has been released from the training squad, making Joe Marler on track for a return to number 1 against the Irish.

Mako Vunipola is out of the collision of England with Ireland after his return to Tonga for family reasons

Mako Vunipola is out of England’s collision with Ireland after his return to Tonga for family reasons

Eddie Jones has responded to the loss of the older Vunipola brother by calling the uncapped Bath prop Beno Obano to train with England and provide cover for Marler and the other established looser Ellis Genge.

The 25-year-old suffered a fierce knee injury during the camp with the Red Rose team in May 2018 and was out of action for nine months, but this season he is in good shape for his club and joins fellow Bath front pitchers Will Stuart and Tom Dunn.

Elsewhere, Jones was able to take on centers Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade – after groin and ankle injuries respectively – among the group of 33 players training this week at the English headquarters of Surrey. Tuilagi missed the clash with the Scots while Slade was out of action since his setback suffered while playing for Exeter in December.

The English team for Sunday’s high-stakes competition will be appointed on Friday at 10.30 a.m.

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