Vunipola backs England to bounce back

Date published: March 20 2017

England number eight Billy Vunipola believes England will come back a better team following their 13-9 loss to Ireland in Dublin.

The visitors were denied a Grand Slam by Ireland but Vunipola says the squad are still on the right path in their aim to become the best team in the world.

“The result is obviously disappointing but we will be better for it,” he told the RFU’s official website.

“If you look at how the best team in the world reacts to a loss, they always come back bigger and better and that’s the focus for us.”

England have won back-to-back Six Nations titles under Eddie Jones and Vunipola thinks the team has come a long way over the past year.

“It just shows how hard it is to win a Grand Slam, even more so back-to-back,” he said.

“We still managed to win the title and two or three years ago we couldn’t get anywhere near it.”

Jones paid tribute to the Irish team after the game and Vunipola said the opposition thrived off the pressure at the Aviva Stadium.

“It’s amazing how emotionally charged Ireland were and we’ve got to learn that if we ever find ourselves in that situation again we have to negate that,” he add.

The England squad will tour Argentina in June and Vunipola thinks lessons will be learned from their performances in the competition.

“We will learn from it and if there is a next time we will be better,” he revealed.

“There are things we are going to work on and I look forward to getting back with the squad.”

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