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England coaches Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell have heaped praise on Mako Vunipola

Last Updated: 25/10/12 4:25pm

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Rowntree is excited by Vunipola's call up to the England squad

Rowntree is excited by Vunipola's call up to the England squad

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England coaches Graham Rowntree and Andy Farrell have heaped praise on promising prop Mako Vunipola ahead of the autumn internationals.

The Saracens loose-head, 21, has been in excellent form for his club and steps into Stuart Lancaster's squad for the injured Alex Corbisiero for the clashes with Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Rowntree - a former prop himself - said: "I have no doubt he will make his name in this autumn series. I have got every confidence in him. I am looking for a fault in his game and I can't find one at the moment.

"He is a dynamic ball-carrier and he loves a scrum and you know that turns me on!"
Graham Rowntree on Mako Vunipola

"He has got himself fit. His form has been exceptional. I like his commitment to every aspect of the game. He is a dynamic ball-carrier and he loves a scrum and you know that turns me on!

"He respects all the hard yards, the tackling, the clearing out, the scrummaging. He has got his priorities right."

Farrell added: "It is not easy, especially as a front-row forward, to cope with the demands of the Premiership but he has got his body in such a condition now that he is playing exceptionally well.

"His form this year has been down to a change of attitude. He has grown up a lot over the last six months. He has got stuck into his living outside of rugby, his fitness, his training is second to none."

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