Six Nations 2019: England’s Mako Vunipola (ankle) out for tournament

England prop Mako Vunipola will miss the rest of the Six Nations because of an ankle-ligament injury.

The forward was replaced by Ben Moon early in the second half of Sunday’s 44-8 thrashing of France at Twickenham.

Vunipola, man of the match in England’s victory over Ireland the previous weekend, is expected to be out 10 weeks, so he will also miss Saracens’ European Rugby Champions Cup quarterfinal against the Glasgow Warriors.

England coach Eddie Jones said: “It is obviously very disappointing to lose Mako at this stage as he is an important player for us, but it does provide an opportunity for the team to grow.”

| @Mako_Vunipola has been ruled out for up to 10 weeks with an ankle injury.

The loss of Vunipola will leave a big void for Jones to fill in a potentially decisive showdown with Wales in Cardiff on Feb. 23, following a rest weekend this week.

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Moon will be hoping to make a first Six Nations start in Cardiff, while Ellis Genge and Alec Hepburn are also options for Jones.

Vunipola missed England’s November internationals with a calf injury and faces another spell on the sideline just when he was back to his best.

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