Feb 22, 2016
Vunipola brothers sign fresh contract extensions to stay at Allianz Park
Saracens are delighted to announce that both Mako and Billy Vunipola have committed their futures to the club, by signing fresh contract extensions which will see the England duo stay at Allianz Park until 2019. The Vunipolas are the latest players to put pen to paper on a future in north London, following in the footsteps of their England teammate Jamie George and Scotland international Duncan Taylor.
As influential for club as they are in the white of England, 25-year old Mako and 23-year old Billy have developed into two of the finest forwards in the international game. Both are current members of Eddie Jones’ England squad with number eight Billy Vunipola recently named as one of the squad’s vice captains ahead of the RBS Six Nations.
Loosehead prop Mako joined Saracens from Bristol in 2011 and was joined by his younger brother Billy in the summer of 2013 from Wasps. Since then, both players won their first Aviva Premiership title with Saracens in 2015, and since gaining their full England honours Mako has won 29 caps for his country and Billy has won 23 international caps.
Speaking about signing his new deal, Mako said: “Signing a new contract comes with new responsibility and I am really looking forward to contributing to Saracens in the upcoming years. We’re extremely happy to extend our stay at the club, as we have made so many fantastic memories together already. One of the most important things is that we’re playing alongside our best mates, week-in-week-out, and the whole culture of the club means it’s a special place to play rugby. I’m delighted to be staying.”
Younger brother Billy added: “We are both delighted to be able to extend our deals. Now is time to build on the work we have already done with Saracens and continue to improve as people and players. We have a lot to look forward to over the rest of the season and beyond. We’re very excited to stay at Saracens.”
Saracens Director of Rugby, Mark McCall, explained: “This is fantastic news for everyone associated with the club. To have two players of the calibre of Mako and Billy commit their futures to Saracens is extremely exciting, as we continue to build a strong squad for the upcoming seasons. We have a great blend of youth and experience at the club and what has been great is for us to witness the progression of both of them from promising youngsters to two of the world’s best in their respective positions.
“Their contribution off the field is equally as important and we’re delighted to keep them at the club.”