Billy Vunipola: Saracens forward out of England's autumn internationals

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Jones 'feels sorry' for Billy Vunipola after series of injuries

Saracens number eight Billy Vunipola will miss England's autumn internationals after breaking his left arm in their Champions Cup victory over Glasgow Warriors on Sunday.

The 25-year-old needs surgery and will be out of action for up to 12 weeks.

He recently returned to action after fracturing his right arm during England's summer tour of South Africa.

Vunipola has only started three internationals in two years because of a series of injuries.

England number eight Billy Vunipola walks off against South Africa after suffering an arm injury
Billy Vunipola will have surgery on his left arm on Tuesday

His absence leaves a hole at number eight for England coach Eddie Jones, with Nathan Hughes facing a suspension and Sam Simmonds also injured.

England take on South Africa at Twickenham on 3 November and then play New Zealand, Japan and Australia on the three subsequent Saturdays.

England scrum-half Danny Care told the Rugby Union Weekly podcast: "It's awful news for Saracens and England, but mainly for Billy. You really feel for him.

"I saw first hand a week or so ago, Harlequins against Saracens, he had a man-of-the-match performance. He was absolutely brilliant that day and showed what he could do when fully fit."

Meanwhile, Vunipola's brother Mako has a calf strain and will be monitored, while Sarries second row Nick Isiekwe has an ankle strain.

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