Mako Vunipola available for Saracens despite coronavirus fears

2020-03-04 11:34
Mako Vunipola (Getty)

Mako Vunipola has not displayed symptoms of the coronavirus and is available to play for Saracens this weekend despite being stood down by England for Saturday's Six Nations match against Wales.

Register your interest for the British & Irish Lions tickets in South Africa 2021

The 29-year-old had been included in England's 34-man squad for the game at Twickenham.

But the prop, who few back from Tonga via Hong Kong after making a visit for personal reasons, did not join up with the England squad this week "on medical grounds", a Rugby Football Union spokesperson said on Tuesday.

More than 90 000 people have been infected with the coronavirus and around 3,200 have died worldwide.

The vast majority of cases and fatalities have been in China, where tens of millions of people have been placed under quarantine.

Saracens said Mako Vunipola would be available for the home match against Leicester.

"Neither Billy (Vunipola) or Mako have displayed symptoms of the coronavirus (Covid-19) and on their return to London were assessed by the club's medical staff.

"The duo have been around the Saracens environment for the past couple of days, with the latter available for selection this weekend."

Ireland's home game with Italy was postponed due to the global outbreak but the England v Wales match will go ahead on Saturday and Grand Slam-chasing France travel to Scotland for Sunday's match.

Read more on:    saracens  |  mako vunipola  |  rugby


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2019/20 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After 6 weeks of Super Rugby action, which South African team appears most likely to challenge for overall honours?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.