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Mako Vunipola
DOB14th Jan 1991
BirthplaceWellington, New Zealand
Height1.82 m (6' 0")
Weight121 kg (19 st 0 lb)
PositionProp
HonoursEngland / Lions
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Makovina Wanangarua I Whanga Nui-Atara VUNIPOLA
England Caps: 9 (6-0-3) 
England Points: 0
England Debut: v Fiji (rep) 2012

British & Irish Lions: First Tour
Lions Debut: 01/06/2013 v Barbarians
Test Record v Australia: 1 (0-0-1)

Mako Vunipola is the latest member of an established Tongan rugby dynasty to grab the rugby headlines. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, he was reared in the famous front-row breeding ground of Pontypool. Aged just seven, Vunipola emigrated to Wales when his father Fe’ao, a hooker, signed to play for Pontypool in 1998. Fe’ao went on to win 32 caps for Tonga, including appearances in the 1995 and 1999 Rugby World Cup tournaments.
Mako, and his younger brother Viliami, better known as ‘Billy’, who now plays for London Wasps, grew up in the same household as Wales No 8 Toby Faletau and was raised playing rugby throughout Gwent before attending Millfield School and joining the Bristol Rugby Academy.
He had the option of representing Wales, but chose England, through residency, and appeared for the England Schools U18s alongside his brother. He enjoyed a stunning season in 2010/11 by sharing in the England U20 Grand Slam and their impressive run to the IRB Junior World Championship final.
In 2011, he signed for Saracens, the Premiership champions at the time, from Bristol but a broken metatarsal, followed by a hamstring tear, restricted him to eight Premiership games in his debut season.
He had a spell on loan at Bedford Blues and was elevated to the England Saxons squad last summer before winning his first senior cap against Fiji in November, 2012, as a replacement for Joe Marler. He then played off the bench in seven consecutive matches for England before starting against Italy in March this year.
Remarkably, six of Mako’s uncles and his grandfather represented their native country. Fe’ao was head coach of High Wycombe and then Marlow before returning to Tonga.
 

 
Date Opposition Tries Conv DG Pen YC RC Pts Mins
01/06/2013
Barbarians








05/06/2013
Western Force
1





5

08/06/2013
Queensland Reds








15/06/2013
NSW Waratahs








22/06/2013
Qantas Wallabies








29/06/2013
Qantas Wallabies








06/07/2013
Qantas Wallabies








Total Played 7 1
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
CompetitionTeamPlayedTriesConvDGPenYCRCPts
2012-2013 - British & Irish Lions Tour
British & Irish Lions
4 +3
1





5
2012-2013 Total

4 +3
1





5
Total - British & Irish Lions Tour

4 +3
1





5
Total

4 +3
1
0
0
0
0
0
5
A plus sign (+) in the played column denotes substitute appearance
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