Fractured forearm set to sideline Billy Vunipola for start of Six Nations

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Eddie Jones’ side launch their campaign against Italy on February 4

Billy Vunipola has an arm injury (Mark Kerton/PA)

Billy Vunipola is set to miss the start of England’s NatWest 6 Nations campaign after suffering a fractured forearm playing for Saracens against Ospreys on Saturday.

Saracens confirmed the injury in a short statement on the club’s official website, leaving England boss Eddie Jones to plan for a likely campaign without the experienced number eight.

“Billy is due to see a specialist later this week, when a time-frame for recovery may be defined. But until that time Saracens will make no further comment. Saracens will issue a further statement once Billy has seen a specialist.”

Billy Vunipola
Billy Vunipola injured his arm against Ospreys (Mark Kerton/PA)

He is already braced for the unavailability of forward James Haskell, who was shown a red card in Wasps’ 33-28 Champions Cup defeat to Harlequins on Saturday.

James Haskell
James Haskell could face a ban of up to six weeks (David Davies/PA)

The flanker has just been restored to Jones’ extended squad after emerging from a spell of indifferent form and would have been in the champions’ plans for Rome and beyond.

Meanwhile Vunipola faces a further spell on the sidelines, with the draw against Ospreys marking only his second comeback game after a three-month absence with knee trouble.

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