Mako Vunipola, victim of a hamstring tear Saturday in the final of the European Cup, will be operated: his absence being estimated at least three months, the pillar of Saracens should be restored in time to dispute with the England the Mondial in Japan (September 20-November 2), but with a shortened preparation. "Vunipola's injury to the hamstrings requires surgery, and it will take at least three months to be restored," said its club, European champion after his victory over the Leinster 20-10 in Newcastle, in a statement published on Friday. The oldest of the Vunipola brothers, 28, had to leave his teammates in the 30th minute of the final. He had already missed the last three matches of the Six Nations Tournament because of an ankle injury suffered against France. At the World Cup, England, in Pool C, will play their first game on September 22 against Tonga in Sapporo.
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