Billy Vunipola ruled out of England’s clash against Australia
Thomas Waldrom joins Stuart Lancaster’s 34-man squad
Saracens’ Billy Vunipola in action against Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on Sunday. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images
Vunipola took a blow to the head in Saracens’ 31-24 Aviva Premiership defeat by Northampton on Sunday and has been ruled out of contention against the Wallabies.
The number eight was dropped for the 28-9 victory over Samoa at Twickenham – Ben Morgan started in his place – and was unlikely to figure in the climax to the autumn. “Billy will undergo the graduated return to play protocol at his club,” read a statement released by England.