Vu­nipola backs Eng­land to ‘bru­talise’ Boks

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Tokyo, Ja­pan - Billy Vu­nipola has promised Eng­land will 'come out fir­ing' in the World Cup fi­nal against South Africa, re­veal­ing he has been get­ting rugby tips from his aun­tie ahead of the big­gest game of his life.

The 26 year old called for a ram­pant Eng­land to go again on Satur­day in Yoko­hama af­ter stun­ning de­fend­ing cham­pion New Zealand 19-7 to move one win from a sec­ond world ti­tle.

"We've got to back up what we did last week - it can't be a fluke," Vu­nipola said on Tues­day, pre­dict­ing a ti­tanic clash up front against South Africa's hulk­ing pack.

"The chal­lenge has been laid out by South Africa. You saw them take Ja­pan apart, then Wales," the No 8 added be­fore a re­peat of the 2007 fi­nal, which South Africa won 15-6 with cur­rent Eng­land coach Ed­die Jones work­ing as a tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor to the Spring­boks.

"Ob­vi­ously they're big, big peo­ple, but then we've got a few big blokes on our team. They've al­ready come out and said they're go­ing to fight fire with fire. I guess we re­turn serve by say­ing: 'Bring it on!' It's a fi­nal - you have to front up."

"We want to peak at the end of the tour­na­ment," in­sisted Vu­nipola, one of those who re­mem­bers the 2015 World Cup only too well. "The All Blacks have been the best in the world for­ever - ob­vi­ously we want to be the best in the world."

Eng­land de­fence coach John Mitchell has spo­ken of the need for Eng­land to be 'bru­tal' in the tackle, as it was against New Zealand, whose play­ers were on the end of some mon­ster hits from the likes of Maro Itoje, Sam Un­der­hill and Tom Curry.

"What we are go­ing to wit­ness are the two most pow­er­ful rugby teams in the world," said for­mer All Blacks coach Mitchell. "The gain line is go­ing to be huge. Go­ing back to our DNA, we feel it's re­ally im­por­tant to us. We feel there is more to bring out."

Vu­nipola noted how those huge tack­les on the All Blacks had sent the adrenalin surg­ing through the play­ers' veins.

"It's some­thing you prob­a­bly can't mea­sure," he said.

Eng­land's Tom Curry (left) and Billy Vu­nipola in Yoko­hama on Satur­day

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