Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby

Vunipola: Training camp was torture

Mako Vunipola insists England's training camp in Denver was so tortuous that he began reconsidering his future in rugby.

The World Cup hosts spent two weeks at altitude in Colorado last month to sharpen their conditioning for the global showpiece on home soil.

Vunipola has the opportunity to display the benefits of a gruelling summer on the training field when he starts the first of three warm-up games that sees France visit Twickenham on Saturday.

"There were a few times during the Denver training camp when I did have to question why I wanted to play this sport," the loosehead prop said.

"You had to dig in and it was one of the hardest sessions I have known. It was a bit like torture but you had to go into survival mode and grind on. Now we are all excited because it's the rugby time."

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?


From Belfast Telegraph