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Billy Vunipola reveals desire to try out NFL

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Current England No 8 Billy Vunipola has recently revealed his desire to play in the NFL.

Vunipola, who was born in Sydney, started his career with the London Wasps back in 2011 before moving on to the Saracens back row and has been a key figure in their revival under Eddie Jones.

His current deal with the Saracens has three years remaining, but he has already suggested that he is interested in the prospect of trying a whole new ball game at the end of his deal.

Speaking to The Times, Vunipola said, via Sky Sports: "I'm at Saracens until 2019, pushing myself with regards to international honours and seeing if I can represent England. It is hard as a rugby player to talk about stuff like that (future career).

"I really, really would like to go away and play something else. I really want to try out NFL, just push myself and give it a crack. If it doesn't happen then go home.

"It is a long time until then and my mum will probably read this and tell me to shut up and concentrate on one thing.”

When asked if he had attended any of the NFL games at Wembley recently, he added: "No. I actually don't enjoy watching it but I look at it, and think, 'If he can do it, I can do it’."

He then further added: "At the moment my focus is fully on rugby but it is something I dream about. It interests me. Their pitch is so small. That is why they are so particular about movements and where their feet are."

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Jonny Wilkinson
England Rugby
London Wasps
Dylan Hartley
Rugby Union
IRB Rugby World Cup

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