Mako Vunipola is OUT of England’s clash with Ireland after returning to Tonga for family reasons

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Manu Tuilagi is back in training, but Mako Vunipola is out of the Six Nations in England on Sunday after he returned to Tonga for family reasons

  • Manu Tuilagi is back after training after he & # 39; s recovered from a small lobster strain
  • The Leicester man has every chance to go straight into the XV on Sunday
  • However, Mako Vunipola will miss the showdown with Ireland for family reasons
  • He started in England's win over Scotland, after he was rested for the loss of France

England have welcomed Manu Tuilagi back and they will likely need his ball-carrying clout against Ireland after Mako Vunipola was excluded from & # 39; clash of & # 39; e Six Nations Sunday at Twickenham.

While Leicester's wrecking ball has returned to training after being recovered from a light body, another of England's giant Polynesian abilities is not available for round three of the Championship.

Saracens plug Vunipola has returned to Tonga for family reasons, and with his younger brother Billy already unable to recover another fracture of his arm, Eddie Jones has been cleared of gainline-busting fireworks.

Mako Vunipola is out of England's clash with Ireland after he returned to Tonga for family reasons

On that basis, Tuilagi seems to have every opportunity to get right back to & # 39; beginning XV, if he does not suffer any abuse in a grueling day of training at & # 39; e Surrey HQ of England.

Exeter & # 39; s Henry Slade is also back in training and in theory he and Tuilagi could both be re-introduced, with Owen Farrell not moving to No. 10.

Slade has not played since December, so it can be seen as an excessive gamble following his recovery from an ankle injury.

Leuester's Manu Tuilagi returned to training after he was recovered from a small groin

Leuester's Manu Tuilagi returned to training after he was recovered from a small groin

On the front, the absence of Mako Vunipola means that Joe Marler is likely to resume England's No. 1 shirt unless Jones decides to give Ellis Genge only his seventh Test start.

The head coach has called on Bath's Beno Obano to provide cover for those two upright looseheads, as a reward for his impressive club form, since he recovered from a cruel knee injury he didn & # 39; t then suffered in May 2018 with trained the national team.

The debate over Tom Curry's selection at No 8 has died down following a strong performance in Scotland's 13-6 victory over Murrayfield.

Joe Marler could be in line for replacing Vunipola in the No 1 shirt against the Irish on Sunday

Joe Marler could be in line for replacing Vunipola in the No 1 shirt against the Irish on Sunday

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