Considered by many as one of the world’s leading front row players, Mako Vunipola has cemented himself as a key player for club and country.
“Mako is world class in what he does. His ability to attack the gainline, his ability to bring others into the game, his footwork, late at the line.” – Ireland prop Tadhg Furlong
Born in New Zealand but raised in Wales and Gloucestershire, the prop was educated at the prestigious Millfield School and made his professional debut for Bristol Rugby before joining Saracens’ Senior Academy in 2011.
Since then he has gone from strength to strength in north London, amassing over 170 appearances, including 50-plus in Europe, and has been an integral part of the club’s success domestically and in Europe.
Vunipola’s explosive carrying, stable scrummaging and fly-half-esque play in the loose has led him to be just as important for England as well as Sarries, with 67 caps for his country. The loosehead made his international bow in 2012 and has since won back-to-back Six Nations titles.
His high-level performances have seen him represent the British & Irish Lions on two tours (Australia 2013, New Zealand 2017), and he has also been called up for the 2021 tour of South Africa.
Mako comes from a rich vein of rugby talent. His father and uncle played for Tonga while cousin Taulupe Faletau has been capped by Wales and British & Irish Lions. Brother Billy is a Saracens and England teammate and younger cousin Manu made his senior Sarries debut in the 2018/19 campaign.
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