British and Irish Lions lose Billy Vunipola to shoulder injury From thisisoxfordshire The British and Irish Lions must head to New Zealand without one of the most destructive forwards in world rugby after England number eight Billy Vunipola withdrew from the squad through injury.
The Lions said that Saracens star Vunipola had been managing an ongoing shoulder injury which now requires further medical treatment. He will be replaced in the squad by his 32 year old England back row colleague James Haskell, who is set to link up with the 41 man playing party next Sunday. Vunipola was likely to have been an integral part of the Lions Test series victory bid. He delivered a magnificent display when Saracens retained the European Champions Cup by beating French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne eight days ago, and also shone in defeat on Saturday as Exeter knocked Vunipola and company out of Aviva burberry factory store london Premiership title contention. But the Lions must now push on without Vunipola after they assembled in Ireland on Sunday night for the second of two pre tour training camps. Vunipola, 24, is the second player to pull out following Gatland squad announcement burberry clearance sale last month. Leicester and England scrum half Ben Youngs withdrew on compassionate grounds after learning that his sister in law was terminally buberry us ill. Gloucester scrum half Greig Laidlaw was called up to replace Youngs, and now Haskell will join up with Gatland Lions ahead of their departure to Auckland on May 29. England James Haskell will link up with the 41 man playing party next Sunday (David Davies/PA) Gatland said: 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 be able to contribute fully to the tour and needs further medical treatment. 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.
Lions said that 30 players convened at their training base near Dublin on Sunday night. For behind the scenes, news interviews get inside the Tour with the Lions App The Lions say that medical screening will be conducted over the next 24 hours. Wales hooker Ken Owens missed the Scarlets Guinness PRO12 semi final victory over Leinster two burberry outlet online authentic days ago because of an ankle injury, while Leinster flanker Sean O (calf muscle tightness) and Ospreys scrum half Rhys Webb (groin) were also absentees from play off action.
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