It’s been quite a summer for the Vunipola brothers with Mako making his Lions test debut on Saturday and brother Billy his full England debut in Argentina.
Of course, Billy will be joining Mako at Saracens this season and the No.8 is looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season with his new club after what as been a whirlwind few months for his family.
“As a family we are all very happy to see how far we’ve come as brothers,” said the storming back-rower.
“We never thought that at this early stage of our careers that we would be playing international rugby we have just got to keep working hard, applying ourselves and improving.”
Billy is one of three family members who have been involved in international rugby this summer, with brother Mako and cousin Toby Faletau down under with the British and Irish Lions.
“Mako and I have exchanged a few text messages saying good luck,” the No.8 revealed.
“I’m very proud of him and Toby – Mako’s always texting me to say keep your head down because he isn’t there to tell me in person. It’s really awesome for him and the family as a whole.”
While his elder brother and cousin have been preparing to face the Wallabies, Billy was a member of the England tour to Argentina alongside his new Saracens teammates David Strettle and Richard Wigglesworth.; and the 20 year old No.8 was pleased with a “good team performance overall” after wrapping up a 2-0 series win over a under strength hosts.
“It was a good result (the tour) for us first and foremost, and it was great to sneak in for a few scores which as always nice.
“In the second game, the atmosphere was a lot more hostile, the crowd was double the size of the Salta crowd in the first test, and they had experienced a little bit of stick from their own press in the build-up, but we produced another good performance and we deserved the 2-0 win overall.”