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Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall hails hard-worker Billy Vunipola who is now in the 'best shape he's ever been in'
Billy Vunipola has bought into the Saracens work ethic and is in the best shape he's ever been in, according to director of rugby Mark McCall.
Vunipola moved to Sarries in the summer from London Wasps, joining older brother Mako at the club, and the 20-year-old made an impressive debut against London Irish on Saturday.
The Times Series understands Vunipola lost more weight than any other player at the club in pre-season, shedding 4kg of fat and putting on 1kg of muscle, and McCall revealed afterwards how impressed he's been with the youngster's attitude.
"I think the one thing that Billy has done since he's come to the club is he's learned to work hard," McCall said.
"He's lost some weight over a very short period of time since he arrived, he's worked incredibly hard with our fitness team and he's in the best shape he's ever been in and that's transferred on to the pitch now.
"He's got a work ethic which hopefully will continue to grow like his brother's has."
McCall also stressed how important it is that Vunipola, with his superior size and weight, continues to learn and improve.
"He's in good shape - the important thing was that he bought into it because Billy has probably spent his whole life running over people and through people at his own age group," McCall added.
"But to go to the next level now he has to learn to work hard and he's doing that."
The game also saw the first time the Vunipolas have been on the pitch for Saracens at the same time, as Mako came on in the second half to score the Men in Black's third try.
"I just think you can see their quality on the ball, in that second half when things opened up a little bit," McCall continued.
"If you get Mako and Billy some time on the ball things happen around them.
"Mako is a brilliant decision maker on the ball, when to offload when not to offload he generally never makes errors."
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