Vunipola relishing scrum test

Date published: February 11 2016

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England prop Mako Vunipola is eager to test his mettle against the traditionally strong Italian scrum this weekend.

Eddie Jones' men travel to Rome to take on Italy in round two of the Six Nations on Saturday.

"The Italians love the scrum and their attitude is that the next scrum is the last one they will ever hit," Vunipola told Sky Sports.

"We have taken up that attitude that it is about trying to dominate the opposition."

Vunipola also warned that England's forwards would have to keep a close eye on Azzurri playmaker Sergio Parisse at the back of the scrum. 

"Anything we can do to keep Parisse in the scrum will help our defence," he added.

"Anything we can do to slow him down will be a bonus at the weekend because he is such a key man for Italy. We know that any opportunity to disrupt his ball will help us."

Vunipola played a key role in the lead up to winger Jack Nowell's try, in England's win over Scotland last weekend, getting away a great pass. Such was its brilliance that Jones appareantly thought it was his brother, Billy, who made it. 

"I didn't know that Eddie Jones thought it was Billy who gave the pass and that is probably a compliment…I will have to have a word with him," quipped Vunipola.

"I have always liked running with the ball and when I was growing up I knew I was going to be a forward but didn't know I would be a prop and practised lots of different skills."

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