By Ali Stokes
Saracens have announced the contract extensions of England internationals and brothers Mako and Billy Vunipola. Both men have signed deals that will see them remain with the current Premiership champions until 2022.
The Vunipola brothers are the latest of a host of big names to pledge their futures to Saracens, with Vincent Koch, Brad Barritt, Juan Figallo, George Kruis and Duncan Taylor all penning new deals this summer.
Both Mako and Billy have played significant roles in Saracens success over the last four years, contributing their considerable power to three Premiership titles and back-to-back European silverware.
“It’s pleasing to get the opportunity to play here at a great club where I’ve spent most of my adult years,” Mako said.
“We’re very lucky to have a family environment and we take it for granted sometimes. We’re very lucky a lot of us have grown up together and genuinely consider each other family. You can see that on the field but off it we love each other’s company; it’s a bit cringe sometimes but for me that’s what makes this club so strong.”
Billy added: “I’m very happy to be staying here. It was a straightforward decision; it was always about how I enjoyed being around the club and the boys.
“I’m looking forward to growing as a group and growing friendships I already have. A lot of the boys who have been here for a long time have already re-signed like Brad, Kruiso and Duncan – the coaches too. I can’t wait for the group to grow more and it’s something that excites me.”
Saracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall commented: “Mako and Billy have both made outstanding contributions to Saracens over a number of years.
“They’ve played a very significant role in the development of the group both on and off the field and naturally we’re thrilled they’ve committed their future to the club for another four years.”
Saracens are currently preparing for the new season, kicking off their 2018/19 campaign with an away trip to Newcastle Falcons on Sunday the 2nd of September. Mako remaind fit after returning early from England's tour of South Africa to attend the birth of his son, while younger brother Billy is still rehabilitating re-fractured forearm.
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