Vunipolas paid for Tonga celebrations after Italy win

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Eddie Jones has revealed the Vunipola brothers, Mako and Billy, paid for Tonga’s celebratory drinks following their win over Italy on Saturday.

Tonga, who included the inspired Sonatane Takulua, beat Italy 19-17 in Padua on Saturday and while Mako and Billy were facing Argentina at Twickenham, their attention post-game shifted to the Islanders.

Jones was speaking of the Vunipolas’ generosity as he kept in touch with Billy after he suffered his knee injury in last weekend’s win over the Pumas.

Though Mako and Billy run out for England, their father Fe’ao captained Tonga and their mother — the Reverend Iesinga Vunipola — is a chaplain to the Tongan community in the U.K.

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“We’ve been having a few texts here and there,” Jones said of Billy Vunipola. “He’s a good, young lad and he’s struggling with injury. He wants to play on Saturday and every week.

“Rugby gives him an enjoyment. They’re so pure those boys, they love rugby.

“Tonga won on the weekend and you know who funded the after-game drinks? The Vunipola boys. They’ve got great hearts for rugby, it’s unbelievable how good hearts they have for rugby so we miss him a lot but it’s a great opportunity for Nathan to step up.”

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