Billy Vunipola appeared on House of Rugby this week to talk about his three horrific arm injuries, when he aims to be back playing for Saracens, and also his unusual diet of Dominoes pizza covered in curry.
Vunipola is currently in the final stages of his rehabilitation for three arm breaks in just 12 months.
He fractured his right arm twice earlier this year, and broke his left arm in October having had a cruel run with injuries.
He is still hopeful of getting back for Saracens Champions Cup clashes in the coming weeks, however.
Billy joined the House of Rugby show with Alex Payne and James Haskell this week, and discussed how his rehabilitation is going, how huge scars on his arms from surgery are healing, and, of course, his unusual diet.
At the start of the show, when being introduced, Vunipola seemed rather disappointed that despite the show being sponsored by Guinness, there was in fact no Guinness for the guests to drink.
“I thought we was gonna have some Guinness,” the injured flanker said rather downbeat, much to the agreement of James Haskell, who claims he asks for one every show.
“I say that every single show, and they wont give me the Guinness, because you’ve got to drink responsibly. I’m like one at work is okay,” joked Haskell.
When asked about his rehabilitation Vunipola said, “It’s good. I’ve been training for three weeks now. A lot of bike fitness, leg weights, and some running.”
The Australian-born flanker also revealed he hopes to be back for Saracens in the last week of December.
Away from his injuries, the trio discussed Vunipola’s off-field persona, and his laid back attitude.
James Haskell commented on the fact that he once turned up to England trailing without his boots.
“I’ve known Billy for years, and he has always been professional,” said Haskell.
“He has been professional, until the time I saw him eat a Dominoes pizza with a chicken korma on top.
“Let’s get this clear- he got a pizza, put the korma on top and got another pizza to go on top of that. Smashed that and then drank two-litres of Fanta!” explained Haskell.
When the laughter died down, Vunipola attempted to set the record straight.
“It was 1.25 litres of Coke. So, it was a slice of pizza....no, a whole pizza and a curry.
“And I don’t like wasting food, and I knew if I left it, it would go to waste. So I was like, ‘Oh I’m going to have to eat this’. So I ate all of it,” he explained of his love of food.
It seems now, however, that his pizzas covered in curry with two litres of Fanta days are firmly behind him, explaining his new diet that his fiancee cooks him.
“It is pretty plain,” he explains.
“I don’t like to eat fancy stuff. My fiancé cooks a lot, and she’s really good, but she’s always trying to feed me carbs. They’re really good but something I can’t be eating right now.
“I smash breakfast. I have about three of four eggs, with toast and beans and maybe vegetables. Lunch is rice and lamb or chicken, whatever we have at the club.
“At night time, I’ll just have protein and broccoli. I don’t care what meat it is, as long as there’s lots. Meat and broccoli. And that’s me. I can’t have much more or I’ll put on too much weight!”
Seems like he isn’t even tempted by a Dominoes covered in curry anymore!