Vunipola and Itoje re­turn for Sara­cens

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - SPORTS -

Sara­cens and Eng­land have re­ceived a ma­jor dou­ble boost with Billy Vunipola and Maro Itoje re­turn­ing from in­jury.

Pow­er­ful num­ber eight Vunipola has been side­lined since Septem­ber be­cause of a knee in­jury, rais­ing con­cerns that he might not be fit for the start of the Six Na­tions.

Lock Itoje, mean­while, broke his jaw a month ago, but Sara­cens have an­nounced both play­ers in their start­ing line-up for the Ri­coh Arena match with Wasps to­mor­row.

It also means they are avail­able for Sara­cens’ fi­nal two Euro­pean Cham­pi­ons Cup pool fix­tures against Ospreys and Northamp­ton.

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