Vunipola rediscovered his 'reckless' streak ahead of Six Nations

Billy Vunipola has rediscovered his ‘reckless’ streak ahead of the Six Nations with England’s No 8 ready to lead the charge against Scotland as he targets a place on the Lions tour

  • Billy Vunipola says he’s benefited from rediscovering his reckless streak 
  • The 28-year-old is optimistic about his form ahead of the Six Nations  
  • Eddie Jones’s team need their No 8 to lead the charge against Scotland 

Billy Vunipola benefited from rediscovering his ‘reckless’ streak during the autumn and hopes to enhance his Lions ambitions by maintaining the revival in the Six Nations. 

The 28-year-old is optimistic about his form and fitness ahead of England’s championship opener against Scotland at Twickenham next Saturday.

Eddie Jones’s team need their giant No 8 to lead the charge as they strive to retain their title — and the Saracen is ready.

Billy Vunipola says he’s benefitted from rediscovering his ‘reckless’ streak in the autumn 

The Saracen is optimistic heading into England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland

‘After the autumn, I thought I’d got to a level where I hadn’t been for a few years,’ he said. 

‘Me and Eddie had a good chat about it. A lot of what I needed to improve was freeing myself up and not being afraid of being injured. 

‘Being reckless is not a trait you want, but sometimes in my game that is how I play my best — throwing my body into things 100 per cent. Maybe sometimes I wasn’t doing that, so to have that conversation with Eddie was pretty calming because I knew he had backed me.’

Vunipola said he and coach Eddie Jones discussed what he needed to improve on

Vunipola says England know they have a ‘target on their heads’ as the champions. Despite the uncertainty over whether the Lions will face South Africa this summer, Vunipola is clear about his intentions.

‘A lot of people are afraid of saying, “I want to go on the Lions tour”, but that’s one of my goals throughout this Six Nations — to put myself in that shop window.

‘We all want to be on that Lions tour. Scotland are going to give it their best shot. We’ve got to be prepared to bulldoze teams — not just sit back.’

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