Vunipola brothers both injured in Saracens' win

Glasgow Warriors will now head on the road to face Cardiff Blues in Round 2

Young lock Nick Isiekwe has an ankle strain, while star second-rower Maro Itoje - who can also operate at flank - and hooker Jamie George had their noses broken in the 13-3 win in Glasgow on Sunday.

Billy Vunipola, seen here in action against the Springboks in June, has sustained a broken arm.

His brother Mako Vunipola as well as Nick Isiewke are also set for a spell on the sidelines having also suffered injury in the win over Glasgow Warriors. Billy Vunipola's latest setback piles on the misery for England's talismanic back-row forward, who missed the 2017 British & Irish Lions tour after shoulder surgery before serious knee trouble and two consecutive right-arm fractures denied him further Test-match honours.

Fullback Anthony Watson and forward Sam Simmonds will also miss the games against the Wallabies, as well as against South Africa, New Zealand and Japan next month.


Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall confirmed the double blow after the game, but says it was too early to know how long they would be out for.

Mako picked up a calf strain and his progress will be monitored.

Mako Vunipola's potential November Test absence would prove another blow to an England pack already missing fellow experienced loosehead prop Joe Marler, who has opted to retire from global rugby. This time it is his left arm that has incurred the injury.

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