Billy Vunipola insists England must hunt down Scotland in search of British & Irish Lions places as well as the prize of a successful start to the Six Nations. Four years ago, Vunipola was forced to withdraw from Warren Gatland’s New Zealand-bound squad because of a shoulder injury, but in 2021 he remains a strong contender to face South Africa as first-choice No 8.
“A lot of people are afraid of saying, ‘I want to go on the Lions tour’ and making that clear, but that’s one of my goals,” Vunipola said. “Throughout this Six Nations, I want to put myself in that shop window and show that I can perform at the highest level.”
“I know there are no crowds, but Warren Gatland puts a lot of weight in playing well for your country but also playing well away from home,” he added. “We know Scotland are going to come here and give it their best shot and we know we have to be ready for this game because we all want to be on that plane.”
“We know that to get one over on a team away from home is massive, so we’ve got to be ready and prepared to bulldoze teams and not just sit back.” Vunipola continued. “I’m keen to go on that plane and play for the Lions. If it does go ahead, it goes ahead, but my main focus is playing really well for England. That’s the only thing I can do.”