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Eddie Jones explains why Mako Vunipola will be vice-captain for France clash

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England were hit with yet more injuries this week ahead of the Six Nations clash with France, Sam Underhill was declared unavailable, and Dylan Hartley hasn’t recovered in time.

That left long-term vice-captain Owen Farrell to take the armband, and it is hard to believe that it will be his first time captaining the side since entering the setup in 2012.

Naturally, that has left the vice-captaincy role vacant, and with former captain Chris Robshaw in the forward pack, many would’ve expected him to take on those duties.

Jones decided against giving to the nod to Robshaw, however, and has instead opted for a different option to shoulder the burden in the form of Mako Vunipola.

In a move that may surprise a few, the 27-year-old prop, brother of Billy, has been given the job for this weekend.

After announcing the decision Jones explained that he wanted a strong voice from the forward pack to be given the responsibility.

“With Dylan (Hartley) out we needed to make sure that we had one strong voice in the forward leaders and Mako (Vunipola) has been doing some great work behind the scenes.
So he’ll step up and take that officially,” Jones said.

It's certainly a bold move from Jones and after questioning the team’s leadership in the recent defeat against Scotland, England fans will be hoping that Vunipola can step up and hold his own out there.

It wasn’t the only gamble in this week’s selection. His creative back three choice of Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson and Johnny May, raised a few eyebrows outside of the camp.

But anyone who has followed England for the majority of the Jones’ era know, that this is a backfield selection that supporters have been eager to see for a while now.

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