Vunipola excited ahead of Jones’ tenure

Date published: January 18 2016

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola revealed that he cannot wait to continue his English career with new coach Eddie Jones at the helm.

Jones was appointed head coach following the host nation's disastrous World Cup where they failed to make it out of the group stages.

The Australian has had limited time with the squad so far, but Vunipola can attest to his blunt nature.

"I'm not too sure how to read Eddie Jones at the moment," quipped the Saracens forward.

"He's very direct, from what I've heard, and that probably could be his best asset. Hopefully he will take us forward and I'm looking forward to working with him and the coaches he has appointed."

Vunipola added that he has spoken to the former Japan coach on the phone, where he gave him some pointers about his game.

"I've spoken to him on the phone and the few things he has told me to work on I'm doing my best to improve," continued the 23-year-old.

“I do agree with what he says – I can't really say I don't because I want to play!"

In terms of the English squad, Vunipola indicated that the positive vibe is tangible though the players know they will be put through the proverbial ringer in terms of fitness.

"There is an excitement, but there is also a lot of hard work ahead," said the forward. 

"He has mentioned what is to come himself, so I'm a bit nervous about what that is and whether it's mental or physical. What scares me the most is that Denver last summer was my breaking point, so if he takes us to that place again it is not going to be fun at all! But I definitely won't be complaining."