Matt Williams Doesn’t Hold Back In His Assessment Of Billy Vunipola Against Scotland
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Not at the races.
Former Scotland head coach Matt Williams was in studio with Virgin Media this evening for their coverage of Scotland’s famous win over England – and he didn’t hold back in his assessment of number eight Billy Vunipola.
Vunipola, along with a number of other Saracens players, including captain England Farrell, started for England in their opening round tie despite playing little to no rugby since the Autumn Nations Cup.
Saracens’ relegation to the Premiership has complicated matters for England boss Eddie Jones with the former European champions yet to start their championship season as a result of the pandemic.
And Williams thought this was very evident…
“The Saracens players weren’t at the races,” Williams scoffed.
“[Billy] Vunipola, if we didn’t know the pubs were closed, you’d swear he’d been in one. He was out of shape. There was no way he was ready for international rugby.
“Owen Farrell, one of the best 10s in the world, was way off the mark. Even the great Itoje gave away a lot of penalties.”
"Vunipola, if we didn't know the pubs were closed, you'd swear he'd been in one. He was out of shape."
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) February 6, 2021