Mar 27, 2015
Barnstorming Billy looks ahead to Derby Day
Billy Vunipola will pack down at No8 for Saracens in Saturday's clash against Harlequins at Wembely Stadium.
With the game set to break the attendance world record for a club rugby match, Vunipola returns to Saracens after a highly impressive Six Nations campaign in which the barnstorming 22-year old was named Accenture Forward of the series.
Looking ahead to the Derby Day clash, Vunipola said: “Last season’s game against Toulouse was my first experience of Wembley. It’s a brilliant venue to play rugby, and our win later on in that season against Harlequins was a really special memory for the group.
“It’s great that we can play in such a stadium, in front of a packed house. It’s a case of players who have just finished the Six Nations stepping from one massive occasion to the next. We broke the record last season, and it will be close to a sell-out this year. These are the occasions you want to play in as a rugby player. This is the stage you want to play at and we’re very lucky that we get to do that at Saracens."
On facing Harlequins, the Saracens back rower added: "Playing ‘Quins is always a test. They have brilliant players, guys we know very well. When they play with freedom and chance their arm they can hurt any side. They have some fantastic forwards, and some really dangerous players in the loose who will cause havoc if you let them. We’re going into a pretty important part of the season now. Europe is just around the corner, and the league is finely poised. A win at Wembley would be a massive shot in the arm for us going into some pretty tough fixtures.”