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Mon, 22 May 2017

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Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour of New Zealand due to an ongoing shoulder injury.

The Saracens No. 8 had been managing the injury which now requires further medical treatment.

Billy Vunipola

Wasps and 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.”

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