August 1, 2018 / 4:53 PM / 2 months ago

Rugby-Mako and Billy Vunipola sign contract extensions at Saracens

Aug 1 (Reuters) - England internationals Mako Vunipola and Billy Vunipola have extended their contracts with Saracens up to 2022, the Premiership champions announced on Wednesday.

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Mako and Billy, who have 144 and 85 appearances respectively for Saracens, have helped guide the club to three Premiership titles and back-to-back European Cups since 2014.

“It’s pleasing to get the opportunity to play here at a great club where I’ve spent most of my adult years,” loosehead prop Mako told the club’s website.

“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.”

England Player of the Year Mako joined Saracens from Bristol in 2011 with Billy following his older brother two years later.

“I’m happy to be staying here,” number eight Billy said. “It was a straightforward decision. It was always about how I enjoyed being around the club and the boys.”

The duo join centre Brad Barritt, props Juan Figallo and Vincent Koch, lock George Kruis as well as fullback Duncan Taylor in committing their future to the club. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, Editing by William Maclean)

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