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Thanks auntie but I think I've got this, says England's Vunipola

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Thanks auntie but I think I've got this, says England's Vunipola

Thanks auntie but I think I've got this, says England's Vunipola

England's Billy Vunipola says he will be trying to keep distractions to a minimum as the team prepares to face South Africa in the World Cup final.


Thanks auntie but I think I've got this, says England's Vunipola


(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND BACK-ROWER, BILLY VUNIPOLA SAYING: "They can be a distraction as well.

You know, like I said, the tickets, trying to give you pointers on how to play rugby.

You know, my auntie is always great for that.

But, you know, their support is kind of very important to us but I guess all we need at the moment.

My auntie is trying to tell me how to play number eight and things to my brother (prop Mako) as well.

So, as good as it is to have them they can be a distraction.

So, like I said, we trying to lock in on Saturday and see how we can come out firing again." 2.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND BACK-ROWER, BILLY VUNIPOLA SAYING: "We've set out wanting to be the best in the world and we've got to back up what we did last week.

It can't just be a fluke.

I think the challenge has been laid out by South Africa and as you saw them taking Japan apart and Wales.

The challenge is going to be up front and so we are going to have to be there, both mentally and physically." STORY: England's Billy Vunipola is probably close to fulfilling coach Eddie Jones' prediction that he could be the best number eight in the world, but that has not stopped his auntie offering him some advice as he heads into the biggest game of his career.

Vunipola was at his bullocking best against New Zealand last Saturday (October 26) and his head-to-head with South Africa's Duane Vermeulen is likely to be one of the key duels in the World Cup final this Saturday (November 2).

He told journalists on Tuesday (October 29) at a news conference that while having so many of his extended family in Japan was a help, they can also become a distraction.

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