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Vunipola feeling the love under Jones

England No.8 Billy Vunipola is flourishing after feeling the love of head coach Eddie Jones.

Vunipola was magnificent as the RBS 6 Nations was launched with a 15-9 victory over Scotland on Saturday, emerging as the dominant force in the Red Rose pack and taking the man of the match award as a result.

The 23-year-old, one of the squad’s three vice-captains, is to have a prominent role under Jones and the Australian reacted to his performance at Murrayfield by stating he can become the game’s outstanding player in his position.

“I respond to the love and compassion Eddie shows the boys, me especially. He is very personable,” Vunipola said. “He has been really good for me since he came in. He has just filled me with confidence and that is something I thrive on.

“I don’t need someone to shout at me. I know what I have to do. I just need someone to reassure me and look after me.”

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