Vunipola’s World Cup over

Date published: September 28 2015

Nick Easter has been called up to England’s Rugby World Cup squad as an injury replacement for Billy Vunipola.

Saracens number eight Vunipola suffered a knee ligament strain during Saturday’s 28-25 defeat to Wales at Twickenham and has been ruled out of the tournament following a scan on Monday.

Easter, who has 52 Test caps and was involved in both England’s 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup campaigns, will join up with the group today.

"It's so unfortunate for Billy but the scan shows an injury which means he can’t take any further part in the World Cup," said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

"He has worked really hard and committed everything to the last three months but he is a young man with a bright future ahead of him and I know he will be an integral part of this team for years to come.

"Nick was unlucky to miss out on final selection. He is a specialist number eight and an experienced player. We know he will make a big contribution."