Mako Vunipola could reportedly make a surprising early return to action for England as they prepare to take on Argentina in the Rugby World Cup.
The 28-year-old has been out with a hamstring injury and had to undergo surgery on the problem, but it seems England are now eager to fast track his return to action.
Joe Marler and Ellis Genge have impressed in Vunipola’s absence, but the Independent report that Eddie Jones could be boosted with the option of his return anyway.
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England have made a strong start to the World Cup with wins over Tonga and the United States, and Vunipola’s return gives them even more hope of continuing that run against Argentina.
“Sometimes you’re better off starting with the adrenalin pumping rather than sitting on the bench,” said scrum coach Neil Hatley. “We’ll know more Tuesday or Wednesday where Mako is.
“It is not so much markers [that Vunipola will have to hit]. We will see in training. Like all of our front row, how they get up off the floor when they defend, how often they put themselves in positions to attack, repeat efforts in training. When we have scrums under duress, making sure they get up and work away from that. All the coaches have a look at how each player contributes. There are not so much set markers but how they contribute to training and beyond that what he does that is of value to the team.
“We’ll all have input on it and Eddie has the final say.”