Mako Vunipola retires from England duty

rugby12 January 2024 16:59| © AFP
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Mako Vunipola © Gallo Images

England prop Mako Vunipola announced his retirement from international rugby on Friday.

Vunipola won 79 caps in an England career that began in 2012.

The 32-year-old also made nine test appearances for the British and Irish Lions.

Saracens forward Vunipola missed last year's World Cup in France because of back surgery, but was expected to be involved in the Six Nations tournament that starts in February.

"It's been an honour to have represented my country but all good things must come to an end," he wrote on Instagram.

"The time has come to step away now. There have been lots of highs and lows. Would love to thank everyone who have helped me along the way.

"To my wife Alex thank you for taking care of our family and all your support. Words don't do it justice.

"To my parents I'm eternally grateful for all you have sacrificed for me to be here. God is good."