Billy Vunipola says his social media will not be a World Cup distraction
• Saracens forward made comments supportive of Israel Folau
• ‘I have made my position clear,’ he says at England camp
Billy Vunipola has no plans to stay off social media during the forthcoming World Cup in Japan despite the controversy sparked by his support for Israel Folau – who has since been sacked for his homophobic outburst. Vunipola refused to discuss his specific Instagram post and the furore it prompted in April, stating only that he will not “expand on” nor “take a step back” from his stance, with the England international adding: “I have made my position clear.”
The Rugby Football Union will not place any restrictions on England’s social media use at the World Cup – indeed, Eddie Jones was recently extolling its virtues – but while all players will receive guidance before heading to Japan, Vunipola’s insistence that he will not impose any ban on himself, as he did during the Six Nations, has the potential to cause the union a headache.Continue reading...