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Still only 24 years of age and Billy Vunipola gets to publish an autobiography – evidence of what an impact he’s made since his try-scoring England debut in Salta four years ago.

And what a terrific book it is, exploring the Saracens No 8’s unlikely journey from the tiny Tongan village of Longo Longo to the England team via South Wales, Bristol, Harrow and Wasps.

There are a number of core strands in the book, aptly called Wrecking Ball, and none more powerful than the beatings he took from his father Fe’ao, both in terms of a fitness regime and punishments for bad behaviour.

Indeed, the book opens with a story about Billy and older brother Mako being forced to run home in front of the car because their dad felt they didn’t work hard enough in a game for New Panteg U11s. The brothers were ten and eight at the time.

It should quickly be noted that Billy approves of the tough love meted out by his father, and other lessons from his mum with a broom handle or wooden spoon. He was a difficult child and was treated in the traditional way.

Among a litany of his misdemeanours, none was worse than firing a gun in a science lesson – an action that earned him a two-week suspension from Castle School in Bristol.

The “running hell” he was subjected to – ten times up a hill in a blizzard is one lasting memory – helped combat the weight issues that Vunipola has experienced for most of his life.

Hand in hand with his size has always been extreme power, enough to break the ribs of teachers in training drills. Bristol got special dispensation to play him in their U18s when he was 15 and throughout his childhood, everything from school desks to the straw hats they wear at Harrow School had to be adapted to fit him. Being forced to play in older age groups – because it would have been dangerous to pit him against his own peers – meant he had to grow up fast emotionally.

To enter: for your chance to win this great prize simply go to the competition site by clicking on ‘Enter Competition’ button, answer this question – How many full England caps has Billy Vunipola won? and enter your details – easy!


Enter by: 06/11/2017

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