Billy Vunipola Withdraws from British & Irish
Lions 2017 Tour of New Zealand
Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from the British &
Irish Lions 2017 Tour of New Zealand due to an ongoing shoulder
The Saracens No. 8 had been managing the injury
which now requires further medical treatment.
England back row James Haskell has been selected to join the squad next Sunday
following the Aviva Premiership Final.
British & Irish
Lions Head Coach, Warren Gatland, said, “It is really
disappointing for Billy and we know how much he was looking forward to joining the squad. He has been carrying an injury and
feels he wouldn't be able to contribute fully to the Tour and
needs further medical treatment. We really appreciate his honesty
in making this decision and wish him luck with his recovery. We have called up James to the squad, we wish him all the
best next weekend and look forward to welcoming him into camp
before we depart.”